December 9, 2009
SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION

It's Official: YLD Cabinet, Executive Committee Set for 2010

For yesterday's Annual Meeting and General Election, 270 votes were cast to elect seven new YLD Executive Committee members from 10 candidates. The new members join the new 2010 Cabinet elected November 23. Learn who won, and read about your new leadership, HERE

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. READ MORE

Volunteers needed for NEXT WEDNESDAY'S Legal Line (Dec. 16)

Volunteers are needed for Legal Line Wednesday, December 16, from 5-8 pm at the LRIS office of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Volunteers provide callers with free legal advice and referrals, and a LRIS staff member is always available to assist. Most importantly, food is provided. If you can help out Wednesday, please contact Roxane Crowley at 215-701-3209 or rcrowley@seniorlawcenter.org.
 

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Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association Elects 2010 Cabinet, Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association has elected its 2010 Cabinet and Executive Committee.

Carolyn M. Chopko of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig was elected YLD Chair-Elect, defeating Jennifer S. Coatsworth of Margolis Edelstein in the only contested race for a Cabinet position. Chopko will assume YLD Chair in 2011.

Kelly J. Gastley, a supervising attorney at Philadelphia VIP, was elected Vice Chair; Melanie J. Taylor, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, was elected Secretary; John Encarnacion, an associate in the property-subrogation department at White and Williams LLP, was elected Treasurer; and Rachel E. Kopp, an associate in the international and domestic securities practice group at Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C., was elected Financial Secretary.

Albertine Y. DuFrayne, an associate at the Law Office of Thomas J. Petrelli, Jr., will ascend to YLD Chair from her current role as Chair-Elect. She replaces current Chair Brian S. Chacker of Gay Chacker & Mittin.

Ten candidates ran for seven open YLD Executive Committee seats, with the election taking place at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and General Election on Dec. 8. Over 260 votes were cast to determine the following winners: Alexandra M. Antoniou, a sole practitioner and graduate of Villanova University School of Law; Rachel E. Branson, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and a graduate of Villanova University School of Law; Roxane Crowley, a SeniorLAW Center Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging and a graduate of Temple University Beasley of Law; Ryan G. Gatto, a judicial clerk at the Complex Litigation Center, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law; Joseph P. Guzzardo, an associate with Reger Rizzo and Darnall, LLP and a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Paul W. Kaufman, an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Yale Law School; and Matthew G. Laver, a judicial law clerk for Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe and a graduate of University of Maryland Law School.

All positions take effect January 1, 2010.

DuFrayne's practice is concentrated in family law, including divorce, support and custody. Prior to joining the Law Office of Thomas J. Petrelli, Jr., DuFrayne was a staff attorney with the Homeless Advocacy Project and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann M. Butchart of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Family Court Juvenile Division. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 and her law degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 2004. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia VIP and an active member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware Chapter.

Chopko practices in the areas of medical negligence and product liability. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Villanova University and spent four years as a registered nurse while on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy. She earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Chopko is also a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

Gastley joined VIP in 2005 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow, working on its homeownership (tangled title) project. Gastley now works with VIP's homeownership, mortgage foreclosure, nonprofit, and small business clients, and supervises the LawWorks paralegal and interns. She also trains and mentors VIP's volunteer attorneys and participates in community outreaches. Gastley received her B.A. in Sociology and Government from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe William and Mary School of Law, both in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Taylor's practice focuses primarily on criminal appellate prosecution with a varied caseload that includes homicides, assaults and economic crimes. Prior to her current position, Taylor worked as a Legislative Analyst Intern at The U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2001 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. in 2005 from The George Washington University Law School. Taylor is also a member of The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and is actively involved in The West Philadelphia Child Care Network and The National Black Prosecutor's Association.

Encarnacion's practice includes diverse matters such as insurance subrogation, commercial litigation, creditors' rights, products liability and construction defects. He received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. in 1999 from Villanova University, where he was the production editor of the "Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal." He has written articles on product tampering and accidental contamination insurance and is the primary contributor to "PhiLAWdelphia," the YLD’s blog. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia VIP.

Kopp represents investors in securities class actions and other forums of investor protection matters. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland (College Park) in 2000 and her law degree from Villanova University Law School in 2003. During law school, Kopp served as a legal intern with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., MTV Networks, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. She also served as a judicial extern with the mediation program of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Kopp is currently a member of the Villanova Law J. Willard O'Brien American Inn of Court and is involved in the American and Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Divisions.

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!

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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