June 15, 2010

THIS THURSDAY: Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE

Join the YLD and co-hosts 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 this Thursday, June 17, as we recognize five outstanding local law students at our fifth annual Diversity Scholarship Reception. The event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 S. Penn Square, and will be preceded by the YLD's first-ever diversity-related CLE seminar, “The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," co-hosted by the Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building.

This year's Diversity Scholarship winners are: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jimenez from Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Dalisai Nisperos from University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Abraham Tran from Rutgers School of Law - Camden, N.J. 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

Chancellor’s Forum on Civil Gideon, July 7

The Bar Association will present a Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon featuring a keynote address by Prof. Russell Engler, a national expert on the subject and the Director of Clinical Programs at New England School of Law, on July 7. The program, titled "Civil Gideon: Establishing a Right to Counsel for Low Income Persons in Civil Cases Where Basic Human Needs Are at Stake," will begin at 12 p.m. on the 11th Floor of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. READ MORE

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THIS THURSDAY: Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE

Join the YLD and co-hosts the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP), and the Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee this Thursday, June 17, as we recognize five outstanding local law students at our fifth annual Diversity Scholarship Reception. The event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 S. Penn Square, and will be preceded by the YLD's first-ever diversity-related CLE seminar, “The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," co-hosted by the Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building.

This year's Diversity Scholarship winners are: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jimenez from Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Dalisai Nisperos from University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Abraham Tran from Rutgers School of Law - Camden, N.J.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500.00 scholarship to select 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.

Dwight Bailey, nominated for the scholarship by GALLOP, recently completed his second year at Villanova University School of Law and focuses his studies on criminal litigation. In addition to his academic endeavors, Bailey sits on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, volunteers with Villanova's OUTLaw - its LGBT alliance - and is the current president of Villanova's Black Law Students Association. Bailey was also a member of the Villanova Law National Trial Team that won the ABA Arbitration Competition Regional Championship in 2009. He grew up in and around Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University in 2005.

Kevin Harden, Jr., nominated by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, is a 2010 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law and will be joining the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office after sitting for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams in July. During his time at Temple Law, Harden served on the Executive Committee of the Black Law Students Association and was appointed to the Moot Court Honor Society. He also served as an intern in the Media Relations division of the Michael Nutter for Mayor Campaign, in the chambers of the Honorable Leon W. Tucker of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and with the boutique-litigation firm, Fitzpatrick & Long, LLC. Harden is a lifelong Philadelphia resident, an alumni member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest intercollegiate fraternity for college-educated African-American men, and graduated from Kutztown University in 2007.

Priscilla Jimenez, nominated by the HBA, recently completed her second year at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and focuses her studies in health law. She served as Co-President of the Latin American Law Students Association during the 2010 school year and serves as the student representative for the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a student member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and was one of the 2009-2010 recipients of the organization's Legal Education Fund Scholarships. Jimenez is also a violinist, having attended the Julliard School of Music and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City and graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 2008.

Dalisai Nisperos, nominated by the HBA, is a 2010 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served on the board of the Journal of Law and Social Change and was active in student groups dedicated to community service and diversity in higher education. She will soon embark on a judicial clerkship in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and intends to pursue a career in Employment Law. She grew up in Stockton, CA and graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003.

Abraham Tran, nominated by APABA-PA, recently completed his first year at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and will begin his second year as a teaching assistant and 2010 Marshall Brennan Fellow. He was recently selected as an intern for the Montgomery County Diversity Law Internship Program and is a part-time summer intern for the Office of Senator Donald Norcross of the 5th Legislative District of New Jersey. Tran is heavily involved in community service efforts, including as a recent volunteer in a legal services clinic in Louisiana and as a demonstrator and speaker at a JENA 6 protest. He grew up in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 2008.

"The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," features panelists Scott Reid, Esq., a member at Cozen O'Connor and the Bar Association's Cabinet Officer on Diversity; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia; John S. Han, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; Vincent Regan, Esq., Assistant District Attorney, Repeat Offenders Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; 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 in both civil and criminal trials 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 (register here). 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. (register here).

ONE WEEK AWAY: "Negotiation Workshop," a YLD Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program

The YLD will present "Negotiation Workshop", a Live, Lunch & Learn CLE program where expert presenters will engage in a mock negotiation of a typical merger and acquisition transaction on June 22 from 12-1 p.m. on the 11th Floor of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The seminar is approved for 1 substantive CLE credit.

To register for the CLE, click here. To register for lunch, click here.

The program's featured speakers are Craig Circosta, Esq., a partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP, and James Leyden, Esq., Associate General Counsel at Teleflex, Inc. Attendees will listen in on sidebars as lawyers interact with their clients and watch them go head-to-head on controversial provisions.

Among the topics to be highlighted are definitions, purchase and sale, allocation of risk, disclosure representation and disclosure schedule, and negotiation techniques.

The course planner is Adiah I. Ferron, Esq. of Ballard Spahr, LLP.

TOMORROW: Judge Rendell to Speak at Women in the Profession Committee and PBI 3rd Annual Women in the Profession Summit

The Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) will welcome U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell for remarks at the 3rd Annual Women in the Profession Summit: 21st Century Issues for the 21st Century Woman Lawyer, tomorrow, June 16 from 12-6 p.m. at PBI's CLE Conference Center, 100 South Penn Square, 10th Floor

Judge Rendell will deliver the keynote speech for the 4-CLE credit program and a variety of courses pertinent to today's women attorneys will be presented by experienced and knowledgeable women professionals, both within and outside the legal field.

"Ethical Challenges Facing Judges-Do They Differ for Women?," coordinated by Shira J. Goodman, Esq. and Lynn Marks, Esq. of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, will examine ethical challenges that confront lawyers and those that arise when one moves to the bench. The faculty includes Hon. Phyllis W. Beck (Ret.), Independence Foundation; Hon. Ida K. Chen, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Family Court Division; Hon. Renee C. Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District Member, Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence; and Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

"Women Lawyers and Social Media," coordinated by Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., an Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department, will review the various ways to use social media to a professional advantage, applicable legal issues, and other related matters. The faculty includes Danielle Banks, Esq., Stradley Ronan Stevens and Young, LLP; Albertine DuFrayne, Esq., Petrelli Law, PC and 2010 Chair of the YLD; Nicole D. Galli, Esq., Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Shannon Mayforth, Citrin Cooperman and Company, LLP; and Gina F. Rubel, Esq., Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

"The Women of E-Discovery," also coordinated by Johnson-Huston, will examine the challenges related to e-discovery, including confidentiality of client information and the management and storage of client information. The faculty includes Wanda E. Flowers, Esq., Chief Counsel, Sunoco, Inc.; Christa Iannone, Director, Practice Support Department, Cozen O'Connor; Bridget M. Logue, Information Technology Specialist - Litigation Support, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Stephanie Resnick, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP; and Lana Schell, Operations Manager, Clearwell Systems, Inc.

The CLE program will end at 5 p.m. followed by an hourlong cocktail reception. Pricing is contingent upon certain criteria. For rates, more details and to register, CLICK HERE. For the complete program brochure, CLICK HERE.

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 Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations 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.

THURSDAY: "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys"

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 this Thursday, June 17.

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.

Chancellor’s Forum on Civil Gideon, July 7

The Bar Association will present a Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon featuring a keynote address by Prof. Russell Engler, a national expert on the subject and the Director of Clinical Programs at New England School of Law, on July 7. The program, titled "Civil Gideon: Establishing a Right to Counsel for Low Income Persons in Civil Cases Where Basic Human Needs Are at Stake," will begin at 12 p.m. on the 11th Floor of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program will also feature a panel discussion including Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director of Community Legal Services, and Joseph A. Sullivan, Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, who are Co-Chairs of the Bar Association's Civil Gideon Task Force, formed in early 2009 by Immediate Past-Chancellor Sayde Ladov.

Civil Gideon is a growing national movement exploring strategies to provide legal counsel, as a matter of right and at public expense, to low income persons involved in urgent civil legal proceedings, such as those involving shelter and child custody. The term takes its name from Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court decided indigent defendants have a constitutional right to be represented by an attorney, at no charge, in state criminal cases.

In November 2009, the Bar Association's Board of Governors adopted a preliminary report from the Civil Gideon Task Force that recommended the endorsement of pilot projects in eviction and mortgage foreclosure defense and custody cases as well as the development of an education and communications plan to inform the legal and public community about Civil Gideon.

The July 7 Chancellor's Forum will further educate Bar Association members on the topic as well as provide a venue for questions and discussion.

Professor Engler has written several published texts on Civil Gideon, including And Justice for All-Including the Unrepresented Poor: Revisiting the Roles of Judges, Mediators and Clerks (1999), Shaping A Context-Based Civil Gideon from the Dynamics of Social Change (2006) and Connecting Self-Representation to Civil Gideon: What Existing Data Reveal About When Counsel is Most Needed (2010). An upcoming title, Pursuing Access to Justice and Civil Right to Counsel in a Time of Economic Crisis, will be released later this year.

Professor Engler also serves on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Council. He joined the New England School of Law faculty in 1993 and teaches the Lawyering Process and Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic, co-teaches clinical component courses, and directs the Public Service Project for the law school's Center for Law and Social Responsibility.

During the 1999-2000 academic school year, Professor Engler was a guest lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining New England Law School of Law, Professor Engler was the Director of the Housing Law Unit at Brookyln (N.Y.) Legal Service, Corporation B. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Yale University.

The event is free for Philadelphia Bar Association members but advanced registration is required. Lunch will be provided. To register, CLICK HERE.

Register Now for 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. YLD member costs remain at 2007 prices. Early bird pricing registration is available if tickets purchased by Sept. 17.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are on tap for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. CLICK HERE for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

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