June 8, 2010

Diversity Scholarship Winners Announced; Reception and CLE on June 17

The YLD is pleased to announce its 2010 Diversity Scholarship winners, to be recognized on June 17 at its Diversity Scholarship Reception: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jiminez 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.

The reception 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?" from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. 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

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. READ MORE


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Diversity Scholarship Winners Announced; Reception and CLE, June 17

The YLD is pleased to announce its 2010 Diversity Scholarship winners, to be recognized on June 17 at its Diversity Scholarship Reception: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jiminez 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.

The reception 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?" from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building.

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 Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee. The CLE is co-hosted by the Bar Association's Civil 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.

"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 Philadelphia Bar Association's Cabinet Officer on Diversity; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; 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 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 less than five years and $25 for Bar Association members in practice more than five years and non-members (Register HERE).

YLD to Present "Negotiation Workshop," a Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program, June 22

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.

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.

Women in the Profession Committee and PBI to Co-Sponsor 3rd Annual Women in the Profession Summit, June 16

The Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) will co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Women in the Profession Summit: 21st Century Issues for the 21st Century Woman Lawyer on June 16 from 12-6 p.m. at PBI's CLE Conference Center, 100 South Penn Square, 10th Floor.

Hon. Marjorie Rendell, U.S. District Court for the Third Circuit, 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.

TONIGHT: Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Give First Post-Retirement Remarks

Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel will give his first post-retirement remarks tonight at "Unplugged: First Thoughts Post-Retirement," an 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.

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