July 26, 2011

People's Law School Kicks Off Sept. 13, Continues Every Tuesday Through Oct. 18

The always-popular People's Law School returns September 13 for six weeks of legal education open to all area residents. The program features courses on a range of legal topics and takes place every Tuesday night through October 18. For the first time, an early-bird rate of $35 is available to registrants who sign up by August 30. The cost is $40 after that date. READ MORE

2011 YLD Photography Contest: "Summer in the City"

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the first- and second-place images will be featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. READ MORE


Introducing the inaugural issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter, featuring content by Kathleen Creamer, Jane Leslie Dalton, JoAnne Epps, Maria Feeley, Sayde Ladov, Judge Mazer Moss, and Kathleen Wilkinson Read Now

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Ogletree to Moderate Opening Session at Bench-Bar

Professor Charles J. Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University, will be the moderator of the opening session of the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Harrah's Atlantic City on Oct. 14-15. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16. READ MORE

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Legal Education Program "People's Law School" Open to Area Residents, Special Early-Bird Rate Available

Area residents can receive basic information about areas of the law impacting daily life at People's Law School, a six-week legal education program taking place September 13 through October 18 and presented by volunteer attorneys from the Young Lawyers Division. For the first time, an early-bird rate of $35 is available to those who register by August 30.

People's Law School features 11 unique courses on a range of legal topics and is held every Tuesday from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. Registration includes access to all seminars and the complete course materials book.

After August 30, the cost of the program increases to $40. The immediate availability of a course materials book cannot be guaranteed if registration is received after September 6.

The courses to be held are:

Social Security & Disability
Trusts & Estates (including wills and living wills)
Small Claims & Landlord/Tenant
Consumer Credit (including debt collection, identity theft, credit reports)
Personal Injury
Criminal Law & Procedure
Real Estate (including foreclosures, predatory lending and transactions)
Bankruptcy
Employment Law
Workers' Compensation
Family Law (including divorce, custody, and support)

The exact course schedule will be available shortly.

People's Law School is open to all citizens. Register here, by calling 215-238-6393, or through email at pls@philabar.org. Registration can also be completed by mail through this form.

Please note that while People's Law School will provide attendees information on different areas of the law, the program is not accredited and no degree or certificate will be given upon its completion.

2011 YLD Photography Contest: "Summer in the City"

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the first- and second-place images will be featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the atmosphere of a city during the summer/early fall months. The picture can be taken here in Philadelphia or in any other city.

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Matthew Laver at mlaver@wglaw.com in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Sept. 30.

Stay tuned for additional prizes.

NEXT TUESDAY: Combating Human Trafficking CLE

The Women's Rights Committee will present the CLE program "Human Rights in Crisis: Combating Human Trafficking" on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The program is co-sponsored by the YLD.

Faculty for the program includes moderator Krista Hoffman, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; James Dold, policy counsel, Polaris Project; Sen. Daylin Leach; Lisette McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; Hugh Organ, associate executive director, Covenant House; and Daniel A. VĂ©lez, assistant U.S. Attorney.
The program is also co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, and Family Law Section.

This 2 substantive CLE credit program includes a course book and lunch and begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Herron to Receive Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award

Judge John W. Herron, considered to be an architect of the First Judicial District's Commerce Case Management Program, has been selected as the recipient of the Association's 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.

Judge Herron will be presented with the award, which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service, at an upcoming quarterly meeting.

"I am truly delighted that Judge Herron is being recognized for his exemplary service to our Philadelphia courts over many years, and for his extraordinarily accomplishments and devotion to our justice system," said Brennan Award Committee Chair Maria A. Feeley.

"The Justice Brennan Award is a terrific honor and I feel quite shocked and surprised to be this year's recipient," said Judge Herron. "It has been a wonderful privilege creating the Commerce Court and witnessing its growth and acceptance by the bar due in large part to the efforts of the core group of lawyers involved and Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. I am quite proud to share this award with all of them and with all members of the bar and the judges of this court who have supported the Commerce Program over the years."

Judge Herron, who now sits in Orphans' Court, is a graduate of Duke University and Dickinson Law School. He is a former assistant district attorney as served as chief disciplinary counsel for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1973 to 1985. He was first elected to the bench in 1987 and has been retained twice since then. He was administrative judge of the FJD's Trial Division from 1996 to 2002.

Previous winners are Justice Brennan, U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Louis Presenza, U.S. District Court Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Pollak, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Russell M. Nigro, U.S. District Court Judge James T. Giles, U.S. District Court Judge Louis C. Bechtle, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Edward R. Becker, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Alex Bonavitacola.

Ogletree to Moderate Opening Session at Bench-Bar

Professor Charles J. Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University, will be the moderator of the opening session of the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference at Harrah's Atlantic City on Oct. 14-15.

Ogletree will be the moderator of the opening plenary "I'm Not Saying That to Any Judge! The Lasting Implications of Luzerne County." Panelists for that program, which will explore the implications for the bench and bar of the Luzerne County "kids for cash" scandal, will be announced at a later date.
Enjoy early-bird savings when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench.

Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 15 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members.

Click here to register.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include The Legal Intelligencer, Iron Mountain and JAMS.

National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, Nov. 8

Chief Legal Officers and Law Firm Managing Partners from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Three concurrent breakout sessions may focus on topics such as the role(s) white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta; Mark S. Stewart, Chair, Ballard Spahr LLP; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Gerry L. Williams, partner, DLA Piper, Atlanta; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

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