March 23, 2010

Freeman, Tran and Ace Reporters, Inc. to be Honored at Annual Meeting, March 31

Next Wednesday, March 31, join colleagues and friends at Table 31 for the YLD Annual Meeting where three prestigious awards will be presented to Lloyd Freeman from Archer & Greiner, P.C. (the Craig M. Perry Award), Djung Tran from Smith & McMaster, P.C. (the F. Sean Peretta Award) and Ace Reporters, Inc. (the YLD Vision Award). Sharon Pinkenson, the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, will present the keynote speech. READ MORE

Sign Up Now to Volunteer for Law Week, April 26-May 3

From April 26-May 3, the YLD will celebrate "Law Week 2010" with a host of community and student outreach programs and needs volunteers to help present these exciting events. The weeklong celebration precedes national Law Day, May 1, and is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. READ MORE

Enter the 8th Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition, Due May 10

Entries are being accepted for the Bar Association's 8th Annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2009-2010 academic year at six area law schools. READ MORE

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Freeman, Tran and Ace Reporters, Inc. to be Honored at YLD Annual Meeting, March 31

Next Wednesday, March 31, join colleagues and friends at Table 31 for the YLD Annual Meeting where three prestigious awards will be presented to Lloyd Freeman, an associate with Archer & Greiner, P.C., Djung Tran, an associate with Smith & McMaster, P.C., and Ace Reporters, Inc.

Sharon Pinkenson, the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, will present the keynote speech, where she will share her inside knowledge of the film industry and discuss new projects slated for the city. The event also features remarks from the 2010 Chair of the YLD, Albertine DuFrayne from Petrelli Law, P.C.

Freeman will be awarded the Craig M. Perry Award, presented annually to a young lawyer who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and began volunteering his legal skills while a student at Rutgers University School of Law, where he participated in three pro bono clinics and spent a year teaching constitutional law to high school students in Camden, N.J. He currently volunteers as a guest lecturer for Camden County Technical High School on topics such as business life skills and career exploration and, through the Burlington Camden Kappa Foundation, chairs a program for high school males that trains them in etiquette, fiscal responsibility and college preparation. In 2008, Freeman received the Young Urban Leader Award given by the Urban League of Philadelphia and, in 2007, the Rutgers Law School Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award.

Tran will be awarded the F. Sean Peretta Service Award, presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. She graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in 2005 and now concentrates her practice on municipal representation, including land use and development. She has worked in family law, including protection from abuse cases, and immigration representation with the legal assistance program of A Woman's Place, a Bucks County nonprofit organization that provides assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Tran is also the editor of the Bucks County Law Reporter, a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, where she takes part in community outreach activities and young lawyer programs, and is a member of the Philadelphia School District's Task Force on Racial and Cultural Harmony.

Ace Reporters, Inc., a full service court reporting agency, will be awarded the Young Lawyers Division Vision Award, presented annually to an organization that has provided outstanding support to the YLD in the fulfillment of its mission.

Pinkenson has served as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Executive Director since 1992. Among her responsibilities is marketing the City of Philadelphia and its surroundings to the film, video, and television industry. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office also coordinates day-to-day production and location details, ensures the hiring of local cast and crew while directing local goods and services to productions, and develops financial incentives while enhancing the region’s reputation internationally. Pinkenson also publishes the "Greater Philadelphia Film & Video Guide" and the popular website www.film.org as well as advocates for the growth of Philadelphia's indigenous film community through the Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program.

In 2004, Pinkenson's tenacity resulted in the passage of the $75 million Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit program that caught the attention of the entire film industry. As a result, a surge of new production business took place throughout the state, resulting in 2000 new jobs and $500 million for the regional economy in 2009 alone according to the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

Highlights of Pinkenson's credits include the films "Philadelphia," "12 Monkeys," "Beloved," "The Sixth Sense," "Signs," "Invincible," "Rocky Balboa," and "The Lovely Bones," and the television series' "Cold Case," "Hack" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

The cost of the YLD Annual Meeting is $35 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $50 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.

YLD Seeks Volunteers for 2010 Law Week Events, April 26-May 3

Volunteer Philadelphia lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of "Law Week 2010", an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and YLD through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens.

The weeklong fest is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect, Rudolph Garcia, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2010 co-chairs are Carey Chopko and Kelly Gastley.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29
Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Aly Oswald or Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia.

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, April 26
At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice during the Legal Advice Live! program, from 12 to 2 p.m. at five different branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Central branch, please contact Anthony Chwastyk. If you are interested in volunteering at a satellite branch, please contact Rachel Branson.

Also on Wednesday, April 28, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, April 30
Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact David Walker or Amanda Shoffel.

"Goldilocks" and "The Big Bad Wolf" Mock Trials, Friday, April 30
Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at seven different City Hall courtrooms. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Heather Herrington or Justin Moriconi.

While no volunteers are needed, on Monday, May 3, a Naturalization Ceremony will welcome dozens of new United States citizens at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. Here the the winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will read his or her essay.

For additional information, CLICK HERE.

NEXT THURSDAY: Federal Court Discovery Disputes: A View from the Bench CLE

This Thursday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m., join a panel of distinguished judges for "Federal Court Discovery Disputes: A View from the Bench", a Federal Courts and Young Lawyers Division CLE. The program takes place in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo and Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel, all of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will offer their views on discovery disputes in federal court, including their procedures for resolution of these disputes. They will highlight what is expected of counsel in handling discovery issues, advice for practitioners, as well as offer tips for young lawyers.

Topics to be highlighted include:

-Procedures for resolving discovery disputes

-Expectations of counsel involved in discovery disputes

-Advice for practitioners, including specific tips for young lawyers

-Answers to attendee questions

Course planners are Jonathan Scott Goldman from Blank Rome, LLP and Stephanie J. Mensing from Wisniewski & Mensing, LLP. Mr. Goldman is also the moderator.

The program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be charged $25.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.

CLICK HERE to register for CLE credit. CLICK HERE to register for lunch.

NEXT MONDAY: Soccer Program with Philadelphia Union Launches New Philadelphia Bar Association Academy

Major League Soccer is coming to Philadelphia and Bar Association members have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the city's newest professional sports franchise next Monday, March 29, as part of the new Philadelphia Bar Association Academy. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit will address Bar Association members at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. In this exclusive session, members will get a virtual preview of the Union's new 18,500-seat stadium in Delaware County and learn the basics of soccer.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy, launched this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, lets members register for free or modestly priced courses that will help them greater connect with the city and become better-rounded professionals.

To register for this free program, click here. Lunch is available for $15 for those members who pre-register.

Understanding Luzerne County: Ordinary Injustice-How America Holds Court, April 13

On April 13 at 4 p.m. join attorney and author Amy Bach for "Understanding Luzerne County: Ordinary Injustice-How America Holds Court," a plenary program co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division, the Public Interest Section and the Criminal Justice Section.

Bach is the author of a groundbreaking new book, "Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court," which describes the day-to-day workings and various failures of the criminal justice system, discovered by the author during eight years of investigation and observations of criminal courtrooms across the county.

The program will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free for Association members, but pre-registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.

Enter the 8th Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition, Due May 10

Entries are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Eighth Annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2009-2010 academic year at one of the following schools: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus).

CLICK HERE for a link to the contest rules. Entries must be received by Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission on the Bar Association's Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be presented with the award at the Association's Quarterly Meeting in October.

The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Secretary of the Association, and Diane Penneys Edelman, assistant dean for international programs and professor of legal writing, Villanova University School of Law.

FJD E-Filing Training Session, April 22

The First Judicial District will hold a training session on electronic filing on Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall.

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. It was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal document via the Internet from anywhere at any time. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The faculty for the program includes President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh, Supervising Judge William J. Manfredi, Deputy Court Administrator Charles A. Mapp Sr., Deputy Court Administrator Dominic J. Rossi, Prothonotary Joseph H. Evers, and Deputy Prothonotary Deborah E. Dailey, along with Harold Palmer, director of application systems development and Steven Wulko from quality assurance.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CLICK HERE for an electronic fillable registration form. Completed registration forms can be e-mailed to kara.behlau@courts.phila.gov. The cost of the program is $125 and includes and electronic version of the e-filing manual. The program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.

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