December 1, 2009

YLD Holiday Party and Gift Drive THIS THURSDAY

The YLD 2009 Holiday Party is this Thursday, Dec. 3, at Tavern on Broad. Register here for this always popular event, sponsored by Ace Reporters, Inc. Also, help support Peoples Emergency Center and the Support Center for Child Advocates by bringing an unwrapped item with you for the annual Gift Drive. If you cannot make the party but would still like to donate, contact Yana Shapiro or Brya Keilson.

ONE WEEK AWAY: Ten Candidates Vying for 7 YLD Executive Committee Seats at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

At the Bar Association's Annual Meeting & Luncheon one week from today, Dec. 8, balloting will be held for new seats on the YLD Executive Committee from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level. Ten candidates are vying for seven open seats. LEARN MORE about the candidates READ MORE

TODAY: Chancellor's Forum Featuring Lynn Doyle to Look Back on Big Cases of 2009

Emmy-winning journalist Lynn Doyle will host today's Chancellor's Forum "A Year in Review: Big Cases - What Was Hot, What Was Not - It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" at 12 p.m. READ MORE


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ONE WEEK AWAY: Ten Candidates Vying for 7 YLD Executive Committee Seats; Balloting on Dec. 8 at Bar Association Annual Meeting

At the Bar Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon one week from today, Dec. 8, balloting will be held for new seats on the YLD Executive Committee from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level. Ten candidates are vying for seven open seats.

Running for the seven open YLD Executive Committee seats are: Alexandra Antoniou, Roxane Crowley, Justin Serianni, Ryan Gatto, Paul Kaufman, Joshua Gayl, Jeffery Wyble, Joseph Guzzardo, Rachel Branson and Matthew Laver.

(LEARN MORE about the candidates)

Also at the Annual Meeting & Luncheon, former YLD Treasurer and Financial Secretary Scott F. Cooper of Blank Rome LLP will be formally greeted as the next chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and will outline his plans for 2010. At age 44, Scott will become one of the youngest chancellors in the history of the Philadelphia Bar Association when he officially takes over in January.

The Annual Meeting & Luncheon also features the presentation of the Wachovia Fidelity Award, this year to be given to Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and the presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Hon. Annette M. Rizzo of the Court of Common Pleas.

The Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors will also take place at the Luncheon. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

Tickets to the event are $55. CLICK HERE

Link Now Available to Sign-Up as Volunteer Coach or Judge of 2010 Mock Trial Competition

Each year, the YLD seeks volunteer coaches and judges for the annual John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, co-run by Temple University's Beasley School of Law. The 2010 competition takes place January 25 through March 13. This year, the Bar Association has created a new link (bottom of page) that makes signing up to volunteer even easier.

Just click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the forms for each round of competition and sign up for a time slot(s) that works best for you. Remember, however, once that round is filled with volunteers, no more will be accepted. So sign up fast!

If you've 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 and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students!

TOMORROW: Two Major Public Interest Section Events

The Public Interest Law Day CLE Program, "Lawyering for Social Change in An Era of Challenge," will be held tomorrow, Dec. 2, at PBI's CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, St., 1010 Juniper Street. Also tomorrow will be the Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony & Reception from 5:30-8 p.m., during which Marsha Levick, co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center, will receive the Public Interest Section's prestigious Andrew Hamilton Award.

The Lawyering for Social Change in An Era of Challenge CLE program features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts, and provides six hours of CLE credits, including one ethics credit. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The program offers the following sessions:

-Advocating for Vulnerable Groups in the Obama Era

-Lawyering for Social Change

-Counseling Clients on Financial Strategies as they Face Unemployment

-Update and Outlook for Civil Rights under the Obama Administration

-Hot Ethics Topics for Public Interest Lawyers

-Hot Topics in Housing Law, Health Law and Public Benefits

-Negotiating Skills

-Collaborating with the Judiciary in Promoting Access to Justice

Register online HERE or by calling PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

Also, don't forget to register for tomorrow's Public Interest Section Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, which will be held at the conclusion of the 2009 Public Interest Law Day CLE Program at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for public interest and government attorneys and $55 all other members. Admission includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click HERE to register.

TODAY: Chancellor's Forum Featuring Lynn Doyle to Look Back on Big Cases of 2009

Emmy-winning journalist Lynn Doyle will host today's Lynn Doyle will host today's Chancellor's Forum "A Year in Review: Big Cases - What Was Hot, What Was Not - It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle."

Panelists scheduled for the program include Chancellor Sayde Ladov, A. Charles Peruto Jr., Tariq El-Shabazz and Rhonda Hill Wilson. Doyle is the host of "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" on the Comcast Network. The program is sponsored by the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program begins 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $6 for those members who register in advance.

DUE TOMORROW: Business Law Section Seeking Nominations for 2009 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section’s 2009 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section’s Annual Reception to be held in January. Nominations are due tomorrow, Dec. 2.

Award criteria are:

-Superior legal talent in the area of business law;

-Unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area;

-A reputation for mentoring young attorneys;

-Significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and

-Uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The award was established in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Mr. Replansky was a 51-year old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

Deadline for nominations is noon tomorrow, December 2. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire, Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to jeskie@duanemorris.com.

More information about the award or the nomination process may be obtained by calling Sandra Jeskie at 215-979-1395.

Getting What You Want in a Career: How to Identify and Achieve Your Goals, Dec. 15

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Getting What You Want in a Career: How to Identify and Achieve Your Goals", a lunchtime seminar at Bar Association headquarters.

Successful lawyers often get that way by understanding what they want and then design goals to get them there. You will learn how lawyers with different career experiences - large firm partner, Fortune 500 corporate executive and consultant to the legal profession - took control of their careers by setting and prioritizing goals. Special exercises help you identify your goals and strategies to achieve them.

Event leaders are: Jane L. Dalton, partner, Duane Morris; Charisse R. Lillie, senior vice president, Comcast; and Arthur Bousel, leader of Lawyer 2 Lawyer Career Management.

The event is free unless you which to purchase lunch for $8. CLICK HERE

Volunteers Needed for YLD Mentoring Program

The YLD needs volunteers for its Mentoring Program, an endeavor that seeks to foster the professional development of of Philadelphia's future attorneys and simulate the growth, diversity and participation of Philadelphia lawyers in Bar Association activities and the community at large.

Each mentor is assigned to serve as a role model and counselor to one mentee. Mentorship is an obligation and responsibility. Mentors must:

1) Reach out and make initial contact with their mentee;

2) Have one in-person or telephonic meeting with their mentee in advance of the Mentorship Program Event;

3) Have one or more in person meetings with their mentee after the Mentorship Program Event;

4) Remain as a resource to the mentee for the course of the year.

Download the sign-up form and questionnaire HERE. Completed forms can be forward to Daniel McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com.

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