Law Week Celebration Kicks Off Next Monday, May 2
Volunteer lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice and guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms in celebration of Law Week 2011, an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and presented by its Young Lawyers Division through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens. This year's theme is "The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo."
The weeklong fest, taking place all next week, May 2-6, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect John Savoth and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2011 co-chairs are Roxane Crowley and Matt Laver.
CLICK HERE to view the official Law Week 2011 webpage.
The following is a schedule of the Law Week activities still in need of volunteers and contact information for those interested:
Legal Advice Live!, Monday, May 2
LAL! kicks off the week with dozens of Philadelphia attorneys gathering to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. at four branches of the Philadelphia Library: Central, Haverford, Ramonita de Rodriguez and Donatucci. Two more volunteers are needed for the Donatucci branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Christopher Guth or Christopher Sharp.
LegalLine, Wednesday, May 4
Free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 4. The program is being sponsored by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia. Area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.
If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.
Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 6
Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Ten more volunteers are needed. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from the event's special guest speaker, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact David Walker.
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