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.

June 18

On Wednesday, June 18, the Juvenile Law Center will hold its Spring Celebration from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. This event will feature legendary songwriter and performer, Tom Paxton and will also honor Cathy Weiss, Executive Director of Stoneleigh Foundation, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Registration information is available here.


August 2014

August 15

On Friday, August 15, the AIDS Law Project will presents its15th Anniversary Summer Movie Party at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. This year's film is Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The party begins at 6:00 p.m., film screens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.aidslawpa.org.

August 18

Monday August 18, Philadelphia Bar Association Night at the Phillies, at 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, featuring the Phillies vs. Seattle Mariners. Tickets are only $33 and can only be ordered by online by clicking here or call the Phillies Sales Office at (215) 463-5000 and ask for tickets for tickets for Bar Association Night. A portion of every ticket sold for Philadelphia Bar Association Night at the Phillies will benefit SeniorLAW Center.


September 2014

September 15

On Tuesday, September 16, VIP will hold a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Reading Terminal Market. Further details TBA.

September 16

Tuesday, September 16, VIP will hold a fundraiser, A Taste of Justice, from 5:30 to 7:00 at Reading Terminal Market. VIP's goal is to raise $50,000 at this event to support VIP's mission of providing access to justice for all. Donations are greatly appreciated, but there is no cost to attend the event. Register online at https://phillyvip.org/content/taste-justice-fundraiser. For more information, please contact Rachael Sine at rsine@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9561.

September 17

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

September 17

Wednesday, September 17, HIAS Annual Meeting at 12 p.m.

September 18

Thursday, September 18, Villanova Public Interest & Government Employer Fair at Villanova University School of Law, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event is designed as a "meet and greet" and a celebration of the public interest and government community. It is an opportunity to introduce public interest legal organizations and their missions to Villanova students and education them about the opportunities available to get involved. Register by Tuesday, September 2nd at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/villanova-public-interest-government-employer-fair-tickets-12388834337.

September 29

Monday, September 29, Support Center for Child Advocates 9th Annual Golf Classic at Huntingdon Valley Country Club


October 2014

October 1

October 1 YLD LAW STAR GAME with The Legal Intelligencer at 6:00 p.m., at Campbell's Field - Home of the Riversharks, 401 Delaware Ave, Camden, NJ. The game will feature Firm Counsel vs. In-House Counsel, Home Run Derby, Kids Fun Zone, and much more. Proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

October 1

On Wednesday, October 1, The Rutgers School of Law – Camden is proud to announce that the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to 1998 Rutgers Law-Camden alumna Tiffany Palmer, a social justice activist and shareholder at Jerner & Palmer, PC, where she specializes in LGBT family law. We will also celebrate the life and career of former Mazzoni Center Legal Director David Rosenblum, who passed away on May 2. This year marks the 29th annual Philbrook celebration, sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus and Association for Public Interest Law, and co-sponsored by the Law Alumni Association and the Camden County Bar Association. The event will be held at the Rutgers-Camden Campus Center from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For ticket information, contact Carol Shaner at cshaner@camden.rutgers.edu.

October 8

October 8, ACLU's Bill of Rights Dinner

October 12

October 12, CLS's 5th Annual Justice For All 5K

October 14

October 14, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its annual event, which will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and feature a cocktail party that includes live music from The Enon Tabernacle Fresh Anointing Choir, locally-sourced food provided by Birchtree Catering and the presentation of PILCOP's annual Thaddeus Stevens Awards to this year's honorees--William H. Ewing and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. The event will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

October 15

Wednesday, October 15, Good Shepherd Mediation Program will host its 8th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Union League of Philadelphia, beginning at 6 p.m. This year's honorees include: Homer Floyd, former executive director of the PA Human Relations Commission; Seth Rozin, playwright and founder/producing artistic director of InterAct Theatre Company; Michael Viola, Esq., family law staff attorney, Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program), and partner, Shainberg & Viola, PC. For more information (including event sponsorship and advertising options), or to purchase tickets, go to www.phillymediators.org.

October 30

Thursday, October 30, the AIDS Law Project presents BOO! at bahdeebahdu. Details to come. For more information or to buy tickets www.aidslawpa.org


November 2014

November 8

Saturday, November 8, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation will hold its Andrew Hamilton Benefit Gala, celebrating 50 years of impact, at the National Constitutional Center, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

November 14

On November 14, the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) will host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia. There will be an awards ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception and dinner.