December 22, 2009

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YLD Now Accepting Nominations for Peretta, Perry Awards; Deadline Jan. 22

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the upcoming YLD Annual Meeting in early 2010. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. READ MORE

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YLD Now Accepting Nominations for Peretta, Perry Awards; Deadline Jan. 22

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the upcoming YLD Annual Meeting in early 2010. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.

The F. Sean Peretta Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. Peretta was a private practitioner who died suddenly at age 31 who was a very involved community activist and a mentor to kids in his home neighborhood. He was viewed as a role model for African-American Youth.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award is presented annually to a young lawyer - 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice - who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 22, 2010. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Sign Up Now 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. Sign up now using this quick and easy link

Once here, 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!

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Scott F. Cooper, 83rd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck.

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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