June 1, 2010

Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE, June 17

The YLD will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing several outstanding local law students at its 5th Annual Diversity Scholarship Reception and presenting its first-ever diversity-related CLE seminar, “The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?" on June 17. READ MORE

NAACP Chair Rosyln Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Rosyln M. Brock, the youngest person ever to chair the NAACP, will deliver the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 28 at noon at The Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. READ MORE

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YLD to Host Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE on the Dangers of Stereotypes, June 17

The YLD will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing several outstanding local law students at its 5th Annual Diversity Scholarship Reception and presenting its first-ever diversity-related continuing legal education seminar, "The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?" on June 17.

The 1-credit CLE will take place 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 South Penn Square, followed immediately by the Diversity Scholarship Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the 9th floor. Scott Reid, Esq., a member at Cozen O'Connor and the Bar Association's Diversity Coordinator, will present the keynote speech.

The reception is co-hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, and the Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500.00 scholarship to select first-, or second-year local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia’s minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications. Winners will be announced in early June.

"The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," features panelists Scott Reid, Esq; John S. Han, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; and Deborah Starr, Ph.D, DecisionQuest Trial Consultants. The course will examine various approaches to coping with the biases, beliefs, and preconceived notions often held by those called for jury duty and detail the methods of overcoming these notions, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices.

Registration is required and separate for each event. The Diversity Scholarship Reception is free of charge and includes wine and cheese. CLICK HERE to register. The CLE program is $20 for Bar Association members in practice for less than five years and $25 for Bar Association members in practice more than five years and non-members. CLICK HERE to register.

Message from the Chair: Thank You and We Welcome You to Upcoming Events

Welcome to June! On behalf of my Co-Chair Carey Chopko, I want to thank everyone who assisted with the YLD's 5th Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction to benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, whether it be through sponsoring the event, donating to the Silent Auction and/or joining us that evening. It was a great event for a wonderful cause. If you would like more information about the Bar Foundation, please click here.

We have another great event this month - the YLD's 5th Annual Diversity Scholarship Reception on June 17th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Atrium to the Crystal Tea Room, preceded by our first-ever diversity-related CLE. The wine and cheese reception will feature a keynote address from Scott Reid, a member at Cozen O'Connor who currently serves as the Bar Association's Diversity Coordinator, and the presentation of the $500.00 scholarships to select local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to Philadelphia. The scholarship winners will be announced this week.

Also on June 17, immediately preceding the Reception, the YLD will host a CLE on the biases, beliefs and preconceived notions of jurors entitled "The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?". This CLE will examine methods of overcoming jury bias, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices against racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, and certain religious groups. Topics will include the prevalence of bias and identification of socially acceptable versus socially unacceptable prejudice, effective use of voir dire as an opportunity to inoculate jurors by providing information or asking questions to counter their stereotypes and trial techniques in cases with high potential for jury bias.

Attorneys and law students of all ages are invited to join the YLD in celebration of diversity in the legal profession at the Reception and CLE. I hope to see you there.

Albertine DuFrayne is the 2010 Chair of Young Lawyers Division and an associate at the law firm of Petrelli Law, P.C.

Volunteer Now for Ronald McDonald House Dinner, June 29

On June 29, the YLD has been invited to cook and serve dinner to residents at the new Ronald McDonald House, Front and Erie streets, as part of its Family Meal Program. The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families and their seriously ill children who are being treated at area hospitals. The dinner that the YLD will provide supplies the families with a nutritious meal that might otherwise be skipped and also creates an opportunity for families to share their stories and experiences.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. YLD volunteers are invited into the kitchen anytime after 2 p.m. to start meal preparations. The suggested menu is a salad, bread/rolls, a protein entree, a starch side dish, a vegetable side dish, and dessert, prepared for 25 to 30 people.

If you are interested, please contact Dave Koller at davidk@phillyhometownlawyer.com or (215) 545-8917 or Matthew Laver at matthew.laver@courts.phila.gov or (215) 686-7097. Once the group is finalized, you will be contacted to discuss logistics. Suggestions and recipes are welcome!

The event is absolutely free, but space is extremely limited, so advanced registration is required. Gated parking is available directly on the house property, and directions will be provided.

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Speak June 8

Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel will be the speaker for "Unplugged: First Thoughts Post-Retirement," at a Tuesday, June 8 event co-sponsored by the Association's Intellectual Property Committee the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

The event will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsors for the program (as of May 21) include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP; Cozen O?Connor; Dechert LLP; Dilworth Paxson; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Feldman Gale, P.A.; Fish & Richardson, P.C.; Flaster Greenberg P.C.; Fox Rothschild LLP; Harding, Earley, Follmer & Frailey P.C.; Mannino Law Firm; Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; RatnerPrestia; Saul Ewing LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.

Judge Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March 1988. He became chief judge on Dec. 25, 2004 and since then has served as one of 27 judges comprising the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the judicial branch. In 2005 he was appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the seven-judge Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. To register, CLICK HERE.

"Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys," June 17

On Thursday, June 17, the Law Practice Management Committee will present "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys", featuring Ellen Freedman, founder and president of Freedman
Consulting and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Practice Management Coordinator.

The program will outline the ethical, legal and practical issues these situations raise, and provide advice on how attorneys can address such matters while fully complying with their ethical obligations to the firms and their clients.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

NAACP Chair Rosyln Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Rosyln M. Brock, the youngest person ever to chair the NAACP, will deliver the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 28 at noon at The Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Registration is $55 for Bar Association members and $60 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.

Brock succeeded Julian Bond in February 2010 as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. Bond announced his retirement from the position last year after 12 years of service.

Over the past 25 years, Brock has served the NAACP in several leadership roles. She made history in February 2001 when she was unanimously elected Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors at the age of 35. She was the youngest person and the first woman elected to the post in the organization’s history.

A Diamond Life Member of the NAACP, Brock joined the organization while a freshman at Virginia Union University where she was elected President of the Youth and College Division from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

One year later, she was elected as a Youth Board Member from Region 7, representing the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. During her tenure as a Youth Board Member and Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board Health Committee, Brock led the fight to recognize healthcare as a civil rights issue, resulting in the National Board's inclusion of a Health Committee as a Standing Committee for all NAACP Units in the NAACP Constitution.

Brock is Director of System Fund Development for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. in Marriottsville, Maryland. Prior to working at Bon Secours Health System, she worked 10 years as a Program Officer for Health Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University and earned a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

A committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock has served on the boards of community mental health, family and children's services, senior services and faith-based community ministries. She has been a volunteer elementary school instructor for Junior Achievement and host of Community Voices, a cable access program.

Brock has received numerous healthcare, community service and leadership awards. Her leadership skills have been recognized by several national publications and organizations, including The Network Journal's 40 Under Forty Achievement Award (2004); Ebony magazine's Future Leader Award (1989), and Good Housekeeping magazine's 100 Young Women of Promise Award (1987). She received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Human Rights from George Washington University, and was voted Outstanding Alumna of Virginia Union University.

She has served as a Young Leaders Fellow for the National Committee on United States-China Relations (2003-05) and Honorary Chairperson of the National Black Family Summit.

Brock created the Leadership 500 Summit in 2005 with several other young adult members of the NAACP. The Summit's goal is to recruit, train and retain a new generation for the NAACP. Leadership 500 has contributed more than $800,000 to the NAACP National Treasury to support 2009 Centennial Activities.

She is a member of several professional and civic organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, American Public Health Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, National Black MBA Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.
Brock's goal in life is embodied in an African proverb: "Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible."

Also at the luncheon, the Association will present its Sandra Day O'Connor Award to Stephanie Resnick, Chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and Chair of the Association's Board of Governors in 2008. Established in 1993 by the Women in the Profession Committee, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Resnick served as Chair of the Federal Courts Committee in 2004, the liaison between the federal bench and its practitioners. She was responsible for program planning, communication between the bench and bar on strategic initiatives, and professional development and education. In 1997, she served as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, having served as a member of the Commission from 1995 through 1998. From 1988 through 1994, she was a member of the Investigative Division of the Judicial Commission. In that role, she investigated the background of judicial candidates seeking election and reported those findings to the Judicial Commission.

Resnick was appointed Trustee of the Campaign for Qualified Judges in 1996 and was also appointed by the then president judge of the Court of Common Pleas to the Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts. She also served as Co-Chair of the Women's Rights Committee, and as a member of the Professional Responsibility, Professional Guidance and Fee Disputes Committees.

Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program-Volunteer Mediator Training, June 14

On Monday, June 14, the Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee will present the free "Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program - Volunteer Mediator Training" from 12-3:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters.

Featuring Cheryl Cutrona, Esq., Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Mediation Program, the program will prepare attorney mediators to volunteer for the Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. If you are interested in mediation as a form of dispute resolution, would like to gain some valuable training, and would be willing to serve a few hours each year to help resolve a couple of lawyer-client fee disputes, then the Fee Disputes Committee would like you to consider becoming one of its volunteer mediators.

The Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee offers a neutral forum for the resolution of disagreements between clients and lawyers over fees charged for legal services. Both mediation and arbitration are offered. This is a free service of the Bar Association.

Attendance at this program will qualify you to serve as a volunteer mediator for the Lawyer-Client Fee Disputes Resolution Program at the Bar Association. (Must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate.)

This program will be held from 12:00-3:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, and include topics such as: Lawyer-Client Fee Disputes; Pre-Mediation Logistics; The Mediation Process and Follow-Up; and Confidentiality and Standards of Conduct.

CLICK HERE to register. Any questions, contact Amy Seefeld.

TOMORROW: Video Preparation, Editing, Use and Presentation for Settlement and Trial

Tomorrow, June 2, the Bar Association's State Civil Litigation Section will present "Video Preparation, Editing, Use and Presentation for Settlement and Trial", featuring prominent Philadelphia/Harrisburg trial attorney Jim Ronca, who will share his extensive knowledge on the topic.

This demonstrative presentation will include Jim's dynamic and statewide perspective on the art of visual advocacy for all aspects of complex catastrophic civil litigation with emphasis on video design, concepts regarding video presentations for settlement, mediation and trial, and technical advice based on a series of examples from actual cases.

The program will be held at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor at 12 p.m. CLICK HERE to register.

THIS SATURDAY: Special Topics in Transgender Law at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

Earn up to 5 CLE credits (including 1 ethics credit) this Saturday, June 5, at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference program "Special Topics in Transgender Law" from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year's Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference will explore the obstacles facing transgender communities in the contexts of legal services, health care, policing, and immigration. In addition to four hour-long workshops led by transgender rights advocates, this program will also feature a Keynote Address by Kylar Broadus, a professor, attorney, activist, and public speaker from Missouri who will discuss the progress made in the area of transgender law over the past decade as well as the future of the trans rights movement.

Attorneys will receive a certificate of attendance for each course attended. To receive credit, attorneys must submit the certificate along with a check to the Pennsylvania CLE Board (or, for out-of-state attorneys, the CLE Board in their state).

For additional information, please contact Natalie Hrubos at natalie@trans-health.org. To register, CLICK HERE.

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