January 25, 2011

Panels Set for 2nd Annual Young Lawyer Bootcamp, Feb. 18

More than 120 attendees experienced last year's "wonderful," "well-executed" and "interesting" Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips & Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers. On Friday, Feb. 18, the event returns for its second year even better, with more focused panels, lengthier breaks for concentrated networking, dedicated Q&A sessions, and a revamped concluding social event. READ MORE

Nominations for YLD Peretta, Perry Awards Due Feb. 7

The YLD is accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the YLD Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 7. READ MORE

NEXT TUESDAY: Panel on Legal Industry Trends and Future

A panel of prominent legal observers will take part in a discussion focused on legal industry trends and the future of the profession next Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters. READ MORE


Click here for a list of upcoming Public Interest Training Programs, including the Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception on Feb. 3.

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Panels Set for 2nd Annual Young Lawyer Bootcamp, Feb. 18

More than 120 attendees experienced last year's "wonderful," "well-executed" and "interesting" Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips & Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers. On Friday, Feb. 18, the event returns for its second year even better, with more focused panels, lengthier breaks for concentrated networking, dedicated Q&A sessions, and a revamped concluding social event.

This year's Bootcamp program has been streamlined into four panels, the first beginning at 12 p.m. They are: "Exploring the Road Less Traveled: Pursuing Alternate Careers," "Honoring the Judicial Veterans: Advice from the Bench," "Leading the Troops: Considerations Before Starting Your Solo Practice or Small Firm," and "Overcoming Obstacles: Thriving at Your First Job in a Down Economy." Panelists will soon be confirmed.

Between each panel will be dedicated time for networking and exchanges between panelists and attendees. At the end of the program, a social event, "Conversing with Your Comrades: Secrets to Successful Networking," will be held on site where attendees can put what they learned to use or simply enjoy conversation with other young professionals. A short presentation on networking tips will also take place.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

Nominations for YLD Peretta, Perry Awards Due Feb. 7

The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the YLD Annual Meeting. 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.

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.

New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference, Feb. 25-26

The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.

The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit abanet.org/yld/newpartner for more information.

TOMORROW: Behind the Scenes of the Marian Anderson Museum

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, tomorrow, 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.

NEXT TUESDAY: Panel on Legal Industry Trends and Future

A panel of prominent legal observers will take part in a discussion focused on legal industry trends and the future of the profession next 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

  • 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.

  • The Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception will be held Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th Floor, Philadelphia. This cocktail reception is free and will provide an opportunity to meet employers, public interest attorneys and law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Preregistration is required. Please RSVP here by this Thursday, January 27. For more information, please contact Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu. This event is presented by the Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium.

  • 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.

  • Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II on March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a special event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Director of Legal Services, Amara Chaudhry, will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails at Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 1904 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for Young Lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit www.mazzonicenter.org or contact Troy Porter at tporter@mazzonicenter.org or 215.563.0652 X270.

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