February 9, 2010

Young Lawyer Bootcamp, Feb. 19; New Panelist, Sponsor Added

Law students and young lawyers will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession from judges and experienced attorneys at "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers", an inaugural program presented by the YLD on Feb. 19 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Kimberly Alford Rice, a principal at KLA Marketing Associates, has joined the program as a panelist and sponsor.

More than 60 people have already registered for the event. READ MORE

Justinian Event Honoring Cooper Rescheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 22

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia luncheon event honoring Chancellor Scott F. Cooper has been rescheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 22. READ MORE

CNN's John King to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

John King, most recently the host of CNN's "State of the Union with John King," will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 17. READ MORE

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Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers

Law students and young lawyers will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession from judges and experienced attorneys at "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers", an inaugural program presented by the YLD on Feb. 19 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and sponsored by KLA Marketing Associates.

In five distinct sessions, Philadelphia judges and experienced attorneys will speak on case preparation, selecting a career path, fully benefiting from initial employment, considerations when starting a solo practice, and building networking skills. The program will conclude with a networking happy hour open to all attendees and features the following courses and panelists:

Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path
Panelists:
Judge Dan Anders of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Brandi Brice, an Assistant City Solicitor at the City of Philadelphia Law Department
Sophia Lee, Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a senior counsel at Sunoco, Inc.
Sara Woods, Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP
Kathleen Wilkinson, Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker, LLP

Honoring the Veterans: Advice from the Bench
Panelists:
To be announced

Accepting Your Mission: Get the Most Out of Your First Job
Panelists:
Natalie D'Amora, an associate at Dilworth Paxon LLP
Lizabeth Macoretta, Executive Director of West Mt. Airy Neighbors
Gina Sullivan, counsel at GlaxoSmithKline
Robert Tintner, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP

Leading the Troops: Considerations Before Starting Your Own Practice
Panelists:
Jeffrey Campolongo, The Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo
James Elam, a partner at Elam & Scott, LLP
Laura Feldman, a partner at Feldman & Pinto
Stephanie Mensing, a partner at Wisniewski & Mensing, LLP
David Walker, The Law Office of David M. Walker LLC

Earning Your Stripes: The Nuts and Bolts of Networking
Panelists:
Kimberly Alford Rice, Principal, KLA Marketing Associates
Kim Jessum, of counsel at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP
May Mon Post, The Post Law Firm
Scott Reid, a member at Cozen O'Connor
John Savoth, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and of counsel at Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC

The cost of "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" is $10.00 and includes lunch and admission to the concluding networking happy hour. Click here to register. Stay tuned for details on additional panelists.

Volunteers Needed for YLD Mentoring Program

The YLD needs volunteers for its Mentoring Program, an endeavor that seeks to foster the professional development 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.

Sign Up Now To Be A Volunteer Coach or Judge of the 2010 Mock Trial Competition, Going On Now

The YLD is still seeking volunteer coaches and judges for the annual John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, going on now and 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!

CNN's John King to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

John King, most recently the host of CNN's "State of the Union with John King," will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 17.

At the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

The Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 and are available HERE.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and was appointed chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. He is well known for his use of CNN's "multi-touch" board, which allows him to delve into data on election nights.

Justinian Event Honoring Cooper Rescheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 22

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia luncheon event honoring Chancellor Scott F. Cooper has been rescheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 22.

The event will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., with a reception beginning at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon to follow at 12 p.m.

To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society of Philadelphia at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society web site at justinian.org.

Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

Applicants Sought for Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, Due Feb. 26

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), is seeking applicants from first-year Asian Pacific students from local law schools for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship. Applications are due Feb. 26.

Judge Marutani was the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a distinguished member of the judiciary who served the Asiam American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Muratani's exemplary career is a model for current students who are committed to public service.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students at Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Drexel University School of Law, and Widener University School of Law.

The Fellowship will provide a stipend for a first-year Asian American law student (up to $5,000) to subsidize a full-time summer internship position (of at least 10 weeks) with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the greater Philadelphia area. Applicants are eligible even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.

After completing the internship, the Fellowship recipient will be required to complete a two-page report summarizing his/her experience. The report shall be submitted in a finished form appropriate for publication in APABA-PA's newsletter. The recipient will also be recognized at the APABA-PA's annual banquet in the Fall.

All applications must be postmarked by Feb. 26, 2010 and received by 4 p.m. that same date. Mail or hand-deliver materials to Lynne Brown at the Bar Foundation offices, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages, Feb. 11

The Bar Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer; Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent; and and Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at gina@furiarubel.com.

FJD Holding E-Filing Training Session, Feb. 17

The First Judicial District will hold a training session on electronic filing on Wed., Feb. 17 featuring a faculty that includes several Philadelphia judges.

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. It was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal document via the Internet from anywhere at any time. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The faculty for the program includes President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh, Supervising Judge William J. Manfredi, Deputy Court Administrator Charles A. Mapp Sr., Prothonotary Joseph H. Evers, and Deputy Prothonotary Deborah E. Dailey, along with Harold Palmer, director of application systems development and Steven Wulko from quality assurance.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall. Click here for an electronic fillable registration form. Completed registration forms can be e-mailed to kara.behlau@courts.phila.gov. The cost of the program is $125 and includes and electronic version of the e-filing manual. The program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.

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