January 11, 2011

Sign Up Now as a Volunteer Judge or Coach for the 2011 Mock Trial Competition

The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. READ MORE

YLD Now Accepting Nominations for Peretta, Perry Awards; Deadline Feb. 7

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 2011. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7. READ MORE

Click here for a list of upcoming Public Interest Training Programs.


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Help Students Follow Their Passion for the Law: Sign Up Now as a Volunteer Judge or Coach for the 2011 Mock Trial Competition

The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. Each spring, students from approximately 50 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. The top two teams from Philadelphia go on to the state championship where they compete to move onto the national championship.

Interested in Judging?
Being a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience and provides a great service to the students. Only 2-3 hours of your time is needed. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the event, we encourage you to do so. Just complete the form HERE. Please direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov or Joe Guzzardo at jguzzardo@wglaw.com.

Interested in Coaching?
There is also still some schools that do not yet have attorney coaches. Like acting as a judge, volunteering to coach requires a commitment of as little as a few hours a week for the final month leading up to the competition. We need coaches for schools in various neighborhoods, but particularly in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Joshu Harris at jlh67@georgetown.edu.

Please remember, volunteer judges and coaches need not have any litigation experience to make a huge impact in a short time on Philadelphia high school students. Legal training and experience of any kind is an invaluable resource to students as they work to master the basics of persuasive advocacy and legal reasoning. With hundreds of student competitors, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition's success depends upon the support of the entire legal community. Volunteer today!

Click here to view this year’s Case Materials.

YLD Now Accepting Nominations for Peretta, Perry Awards; Deadline Feb. 7

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 2011. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.

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 Monday, Feb. 7. 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.

Marketing Corner: Plan for Marketing in 2011

by Kimberly Alford Rice

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to take control of your career by developing a practical, step-by-step marketing plan to guide your business development and marketing activities throughout the year. Commit to making 2011 a more strategic, deliberate year for your marketing efforts.

Five reasons why young lawyers should create a marketing plan and budget for 2011 are:

1. To "map" and drive business development direction. It's tough, if not impossible, to track progress in your marketing efforts without a written, well-conceived plan which concisely states your objectives, who you are (or should be) trying to reach, and what you are realistically trying to achieve within a given timeframe.

2. To avoid spending foolishly. In these challenging economic times, lawyers cannot afford to spend marketing dollars unwisely, on an ad hoc basis. Every expenditure should be a part of a cohesive plan. Make every dollar work hard and be measurable towards your stated goals.

3. To bring focus to your marketing efforts. A thoughtful marketing plan and budget will help you be more effective in your marketing activities on a day-to-day basis if there are benchmarks of what you are trying to achieve and for whom.

Young lawyers should spend most marketing dollars and, more importantly, time, on initiatives which will result in actually achieving measurable goals such as:

  • Developing a strong network of business contacts;
  • Increasing name recognition among prospects and prospective referral sources;
  • Targeting new clients.

4. A Marketing Plan and Budget Creates Measurable Objectives to Evaluate Success. How will you evaluate if it has been a successful year? Will it depend upon management's subjective memories or can you devise measurable objectives to compare results against? How will you determine where to focus future marketing efforts and dollars if you don't know if a given initiative worked as designed?

5. A Marketing Plan and Budget Demonstrates Your Commitment to Your Business. Realistically, if you can't (or won't) dedicate focused thought and energy to develop a solid marketing plan and budget to develop business, how can you expect your business results to improve?

As young lawyers confront fierce competitive forces day after day, is there really anything more important to the success of your practice than to plan for its success?

Kimberly Alford Rice is Principal of KLA Marketing Associates, a business development advisory firm focusing on servicing the legal sector. Kimberly helps law firms and lawyers develop practical business development and marketing strategies which lead directly to new clients and increased revenues. She can be reached at 609-458-0415 or at kimberly@klamarketing.net.

Behind the Scenes of the Marian Anderson Museum, Jan. 26

Join the Philadelphia Bar Academy for a special curated tour of the 19th century home of America's greatest contralto singer of the 20th century, Marian Anderson, on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This unique wine-and-cheese event will feature a live performance by a Marian Anderson Fellow. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The event is co-sponsored by the Association's Diversity in the Profession Committee.

Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-20th century. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum is located at 762 South Marian Anderson Way (South Martin Street - between 19th and 20th and Fitzwater and Catherine streets). The cost is $15 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. Register HERE. Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Association members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event, Feb. 17; Volunteers Needed

Looking to connect with other professionals in a fun setting and help law students get a head start on their careers in the process? Looking for a way to help students, but don’t necessarily have a job to offer? 

Rutgers-Camden Law School has an opportunity for you to help law students build skills essential to finding a job in a challenging market. Come participate in a Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event, February 17 from 5:45- 8:00 p.m. 

The event was created to give law students the chance to meet local professionals, gain industry insight, learn about job opportunities and what it takes to become a successful lawyer. Students will receive the opportunity to learn more about practicing law while gaining valuable insights and advice that can help them in their careers.

Speed networking is very similar to the wildly popular speed dating. It consists of brief conversations between students and practicing lawyers, at regular intervals of time. Once the time is up, the students move on to the next lawyer, then the next, ultimately giving them the chance to meet with several participating attorneys, getting career advice and tools for communicating with professionals. In this structured environment, students can talk to people they wouldn't otherwise have come into contact with, and can decide whether they have an interest in a particular kind of employer or practice area.  Following the one-hour speed networking session there will be a short reception where participants can have the opportunity to speak more informally.

To register, submit your name, organization, practice area(s), e-mail address, telephone number and whether or not you are a Rutgers-Camden Law Alumni to Gwen Tolbert, gtolbert@camden.rutgers.edu. Registration closes on January 21 at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact careerplanning@camden.rutgers.edu.

Panel on Legal Industry Trends and Future, Feb. 1

A panel of prominent legal observers will take part in a discussion focused on legal industry trends and the future of the profession on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market Street, in the 11th Floor Conference Center. The program, "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Trends & the Future of the Profession," is co-sponsored by the Association's Large, Mid-Size, and Solo and Small Firm Management Committees; the Women in the Profession Committee; and the Bar-News Media Committee.

Topics to be discussed at the event include the threat to the billable hour, the rise of new models of legal practice, the morphing of large law firms, the development of talent management strategies, and the creation of work/life and women-friendly employers. The program will also address how lawyers can successfully navigate today's - and tomorrow's - changing legal environment, including an emphasis on productivity, leadership, mentoring, promotion, work/life balance, transition, compensation and networking.

The program will feature an interview by Comcast television's Lynn Doyle with Deborah Epstein Henry, author of "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance" (ABA, 2010). Henry is the founder of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Following the interview, Doyle will moderate a panel discussion with Henry; Carol Ann Petren, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CIGNA Corporation; JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Abraham C. Reich, Co-Chair, Fox Rothschild LLP.

"LAW & REORDER," has been endorsed by 25 legal and other industry leaders including general counsels, managing partners, law school deans, leaders of bar and women's associations, legal industry experts, and career and work/life experts. Among the prominent leaders who have endorsed the book are the general counsels of Wal-Mart, DuPont, CIGNA, Verizon, General Electric, Allstate Insurance and the Association of Corporate Counsel. The Feb. 1 event is part of the "LAW & REORDER" national book tour. For more information, visit www.lawandreorder.com.

The program is free of charge. Register early to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE. Lunch is available for purchase if reserved in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for Association members, and $9.50 for nonmembers. "LAW & REORDER" will be available for sale at the program at the discounted rate of $25, payable by cash or check made out to Law & Reorder.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

  • The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) will be conducting a legal clinic at Outley House (6901 Woodland Street, Philadelphia) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service). Attorneys and paralegals are strongly encouraged to volunteer to help staff the clinic, meet with clients and provide advice and representation to homeless individuals in desperate need of legal assistance. To volunteer (or for more information), please contact Cary E. Moritz at 215-523-9587 or e-mail cmoritz@philalegal.org.

  • Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program, "Representing Tenants in Landlord/Tenant Eviction Cases," on January 28 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900, Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

  • A Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Training Program on Homeownership/Probate will take place February 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Blank Rome, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St., Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

  • A Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Training Program on Tax will take place March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Dilworth Paxon, 1500 Market St., 3500E, Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

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