July 7, 2009
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PhiLAWpalooza Just Over A Week Away

The third annual PhiLAWpalooza is just over one week away! On Thursday, July 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at World Cafe Live, the YLD will host six lawyer-led bands for what is sure to be a incredible event. READ MORE


Legal Volunteers Needed for Get Help Now PA!

At the direction of Gov. Edward G. Rendell and first lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the Philadelphia Bar Association has agreed to help launch "Get Help Now Pennsylvania!" part of President and Michelle Obama's "United We Serve" national service initiative. READ MORE


Special Offer to See "City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell!"

Production Company The Second City is teaming up with the Philadelphia Theatre Company to present "City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell!," an all improv-based comedy show that gives Philly a hilarious once-over. Through the work of the YLD, a special discount has been extended to Philadelphia Bar Association members. READ MORE

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PhiLAWpalooza Just Over A Week Away

The third annual PhiLAWpalooza is just over one week away! On Thursday, July 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at World Cafe Live the YLD will host six lawyer-led bands for what is sure to be an incredible event.

This year's PhiLAWpalooza features fan favorites Class Action and A Band Called M, with support from Grady, ProBonos, Jack Myers and Friends, and Jen 'n' Juice.

PhiLAWpalooza is a really fun, laid back event where lawyers (and non-lawyers) of all ages gather to enjoy live music performed by talented lawyer musicians.

Tickets are $15 for Phila Bar Assoc members and $18 for non-members. Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers.

Register here.

Be Heard at YLD Live!, July 27

The Young Lawyers Division wants to hear from you! On July 27 at 12 p.m., join the YLD Executive Committee and other young lawyers at "YLD Live!," an interactive meeting that will address how the YLD can better benefit you. YLD Live! is open to all YLD members and will include a complimentary lunch.

Whether you have an idea for a program or an event that would help young lawyers, a specific topic you would like to see addressed in a CLE or panel discussion, or a suggestion for a program the YLD could undertake in the Philadelphia community, the YLD invites you to join our effort to shape the future of the profession.

Some things you can expect to learn are:

- The history of the YLD, its structure, and its mission
- How the YLD can benefit you through its programs and initiatives
- How to get involved with the YLD through social media
- Advice/suggestions if affected by the economic downturn
- Upcoming YLD events

In addition to hearing from members of the YLD Executive Committee, attendees will break into groups for a more personal discussion about what the YLD can do for you. Cabinet members will lead these groups and answer questions as well as keep track of suggestions, opinions, etc., for future follow-up.

We will also be auctioning off four $25 gift certificates to the Mexican Post at YLD Live!, giving you another great reason to join us.

YLD Live! will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Room. Click here to register.

PBA Young Lawyers Invites YLD Members to Upcoming Summer Meeting, Aug. 7-9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers and New Admittees invites the YLD to attend the upcoming Pennsylvania Bar Association YLD Summer Meeting/New Admittee Conference Aug. 7-9, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA.
 


Participants will have an opportunity to earn CLE credit (substantive and ethics), learn from prominent lawyers and judges, network, and enjoy resort activities to unwind. The criteria for a New Admittee is practicing 3 years or less.

See official brochure here. Any questions, contact Maria Engles, Pennsylvania Bar YLD Coordinator, at 1-800-932-0311 X2223 or via email.

Presentation on Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, Sept. 16

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will co-sponsor a panel presentation on loan repayment assistance programs. The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

The panel discussion will feature Heather Jarvis, Senior Program Manager for Law School Advocacy and Outreach Resources at Equal Justice Works. Jarvis is a national expert on educational debt and the financial barriers facing law graduates and has been a leading player nationally in advocating for and now interpreting the new federal student loan forgiveness law, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Both the program and reception will take place at Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center and are free. Pre-registration is required, however. Stay tuned for more details.


Volunteers Needed for Get Help Now PA!

At the direction of Gov. Edward G. Rendell and first lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the Philadelphia Bar Association has agreed to help launch "Get Help Now Pennsylvania!" part of President and Michelle Obama's "United We Serve" national service initiative.

The initiative encourages Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service. The Philadelphia Bar Association is working in conjunction with its Young Lawyers Division, Lawyers in Transition initiative, the Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association and Philadelphia Association of Paralegals to bring Get Help Now Pennsylvania! to Philadelphia.

Starting today, July 7, through Friday, Sept. 11 (from 1 to 6 p.m.), President and Mrs. Obama are asking legal professionals and bankers to staff offices around the state to help direct individuals with legal or financial issues to agencies that can provide help. Here in Philadelphia, the office will be located at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. As Philadelphia is the state's largest city, volunteers are greatly needed. The session are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Get Help Now Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers, the Pennsylvania Financial Services Association, the Office of the First Lady and Pennsylvania Department of Banking.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Brian Sims, staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association via email or call (215) 238-6353.

SABA Happy Hour This Thursday, July 9

The South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia invites YLD members to its summer networking happy hour at Devil's Alley, July 9 from 5:00-7:00.

This event is a great opportunity to mingle with new summer associates, practicing attorneys and law students. Specials include $2 Yuenglings, $3 Feature beer and red/white wine, $5 pomegranate sangrias, and 1/2 price appetizers.

Contact Aneesh Mehta for more details.

Special Offer to See "City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell!"

Production Company The Second City is teaming up with the Philadelphia Theatre Company to present "City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell!," an all improv-based comedy show that gives Philly a hilarious once-over. Through the work of the YLDm a special discount of $5 a ticket has been extended to Philadelphia Bar Association members for any performance during the show's run, July 8-26. Bring a group of at least 5 and get the lowest rate available, saving $65.

Comedy birthplace of Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Tina Fey, and countless others, Chicago-based The Second City will use its legendary comedy genius to tackle Philadelphia's signature style.

The discount is available on tickets purchased by phone, online or in-person. Go here to order online and use promo code PBA. Same for over the phone or in-person. Any questions call Carol Flannery, 
Group Sales Manager at the Philadelphia Theatre Company at 215.985.1400 X304.

State Committee Considering Rules Changes to Reduce Frequency of Appellate Waiver

by Joshu Harris

The Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 16. The committee intends to discuss whether rule modifications would satisfactorily help to reduce appellate waiver resulting from gaps in the certified record.

In anticipation of that discussion, the committee has invited comment from appellate courts committees of local bar associations, including Philadelphia’s. Because our appellate courts committee will not meet before July 16, co-chair Carl Solano has agreed to collect and circulate commentary from and among the Philadelphia bar’s appellate advocates.

To date, discussion has focused on, but is not limited to, the adequacy of Rules 1921 and 1931(d) to prevent waiver of appellate claims. To make commentary or to receive commentary as it is submitted to the committee, email Carl Solano. He will submit the concerns of the Philadelphia bar to the state rules committee, which will publish for public comment any proposed rule changes it finds necessary. It will then submit the proposed changes with any comments to the Supreme Court for consideration.

Joshu Harris is an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals and PCRA Units in Philadelphia and a member of the Young Lawyers Division

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