October 5, 2010

TODAY AT NOON: The National Economic Outlook: A YLD 20/20 Program

Dr. Jason Faberman, a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present a national economic outlook with a review of the region at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program today, October 5, at 12 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters. READ MORE

TOMORROW: Nominations for 2011 YLD Executive Committee Due

Voting members interested in serving a 3-year term on the YLD Executive Committee have until tomorrow at 3 p.m. to submit their nominations. The Nominating Petition can be found here and the Personal Statement form here. Answers to frequently asked questions about the YLD and the Executive Committee can be found here. This year's election takes place Dec. 7 and the nomination deadline is tomorrow, Oct. 6. at 3 p.m. READ MORE

The YLD is excited to announce this year's Holiday Party has been confirmed for December 16 at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional medical organization in the country and home to the Mutter Museum. Stay tuned for more details and registration info for this always-popular event.


Online registration - including discounted admission to the Grand Reception - for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at The Borgata, Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16, ends next Wednesday, Oct. 13 so register now! YLD member costs remain at 2007 prices. Also, be sure to join the Twitter conversation before, during and after the event by including #BenchBar10 with each of your related tweets. READ MORE


Bench-Bar Scholarship Donors Thanked

The Philadelphia Bar Association would like to thank the following for providing scholarships to public interest and government attorneys so they can attend the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

The scholarship donors include Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Business Law Section; Cozen O'Connor; Duffy + Partners; Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig LLP; Joseph A. Sullivan; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin; Messa & Associates; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, P.C.; Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP; Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky; Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP. Feldman & Pinto, P.C. and Raynes McCarty each donated two scholarships.



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TODAY AT NOON: The National Economic Outlook: A YLD 20/20 Program

Dr. Jason Faberman, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present a national economic outlook with a review of the region at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program today, October 5, at 12 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor.

The program is free to attend. Lunch can purchased for $8.

To register for the program, CLICK HERE.

Dr. Faberman joined the Regional and Microeconomics Section of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Research Department in 2007. Prior to that, he spent four years as a Research Economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. His research interests focus on the labor market, with an emphasis on the employment behavior of individual businesses and workers and its implications at the macro level, micro level, and across different geographic areas. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.A. and B.S. from Lehigh University.

TOMORROW: Nominations for 2011 YLD Executive Committee Due

Voting members interested in serving a 3-year term on the YLD Executive Committee have until tomorrow at 3 p.m. to submit their nominations. The Nominating Petition can be found here and the Personal Statement form here. Answers to frequently asked questions about the YLD and the Executive Committee can be found here. This year's election takes place Dec. 7 and the nomination deadline is tomorrow, Oct. 6. at 3 p.m.

Who can run? Each year, 7 new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the Division is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 36-years-old or less in the year 2013 (members "age out" on their 37th birthday) or, if he/she is older than 36, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2013 (members "age out" once they reach their third anniversary of admission to the Bar of any state).

The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

What does the Executive Committee do? The Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's approximate 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee also gives lawyers in the early years of their careers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth.

If you have any questions regarding the Nominating Petition, the Executive Committee, or the election process, please feel free to contact Tracey McCloskey, Director of Meetings and Special Events, at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Online Registration for Bench-Bar 2010 Ends Next Wednesday

Online registration - including discounted admission to the Grand Reception - for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at The Borgata, Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16, ends next Wednesday, Oct. 13 so register now! YLD member costs remain at 2007 prices. Also, be sure to join the Twitter conversation before, during and after the event by including #BenchBar10 with each of your related tweets.

Bench-Bar 2010 features 14 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 $429 for members and $479 for non-members. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $279. Walk-in cost to the Grand Reception will be $150, up from the pre-event price of $125. CLICK HERE for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Sponsors for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, LexisNexis, Iron Mountain, TD Bank, Vu TelePresence and Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Michael Petitti at 215-238-6342 or mpetitti@philabar.org.

Bar Association - and YLD - Celebrate National Pro Bono Week with Range of Events from Oct. 18-29

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs from October 18-29 in honor of National Pro Bono Week. The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

The below events in Philadelphia recognize the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provide an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services.

October 18-22
Pro Bono Road Shows: Pro bono organizations Good Shepherd Mediation Program, HIAS and Council, Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Philadelphia VIP, SeniorLAW Center, SCRUB: Public Voice for Public Space and the Support Center for Child Advocates will hold 30-minute interactive workshops at local law firms and corporations to highlight their available pro bono opportunities. To schedule a Road Show, contact Jodi Schatz at jschatz@advokid.org.

October 22, 12 p.m.
Young Lawyers Division Spotlight on Pro Bono: The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will ceremoniously kick off the National Pro Bono Week celebration with a panel of pro bono volunteers discussing how to get involved in pro bono work and balancing this work with professional careers. Bar Association Vice-Chancellor John Savoth will give opening remarks and presenters include Aisha Barbour of Ballard Spahr, Andy Boczkowski of GlaxoSmithKline, Michele L. Purdue-Dean, a solo practitioner, Rebecca Santoro of Hangley Aronchick Segal and Pudlin, and Matt Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the presentation. The event will take place at Bar Association’s headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Register here.

October 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Life Planning Clinic: Senior LAW Center and Blank Rome LLP will present a life planning clinic at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. The clinic will serve low-income seniors 60-years-old and up with free advance planning counseling and documents. Client pre-registration is required with Karen Buck, kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org.

October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Program: The Support Center for Child Advocates will present a training program on handling child abuses cases at the PBI Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Suite 1010. The program is worth 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Register with PBI at 1-800-274-4724 or online here.

October 26, 10 to 11 a.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) Legal Clinic at Kirkbride/Traveler's Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

October 27, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m
VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Stabilizing Families: Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program focusing on custody, protection from abuse, and guardianship at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within 6 months of training. Register with Bailey Anderson at 215-523-9567 or jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

October 28, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Immigration Relief: How to Handle a Cancellation of Removal Case CLE Program: HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program on handling Cancellation of Removal cases at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, 1900 Market St. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a removal case within 6 months of training. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

October 29, 1:45 to 3 p.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) Legal Clinic at St. John’s Hospice, 1221 Race St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

For a printable listing of the above events, click here. For more details about the American Bar Association’s 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration, visit www.celebrateprobono.org.

Business Law Section Seeks Nominations for 2010 Replansky Award

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2010 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on January 25, 2011. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are:
>Superior legal talent in the area of business law.
>Unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area.
>A reputation for mentoring young attorneys.
>Significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community.
>Uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dennis Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is noon on Friday, November 5.

Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Lee Applebaum, Esquire, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C., Mellon Bank Center, Suite 600, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19103; or e-mailed to lapplebaum@finemanlawfirm.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Lee Applebaum at 215-893-8702 or on the Business Law Section's website here.

Volunteers Needed for YLD Holiday Drive, Harvest for the Homeless

Each year, the YLD collects a variety of items for both its Holiday Drive and Harvest for the Homeless efforts.

Holiday Drive
Toys, gift cards and other items are collected for local children residing at the People's Emergency Center or receiving services through the Support Center for Child Advocates. The Holiday Drive ends at the YLD Holiday Party, which takes place December 16 this year. If you would like to assist with organizing the holiday drive this year, please contact Yana Shapiro at shapiroy@ggmfirm.com, Brielle Rey at brielle.rey@dechert.com or Aneesh Mehta at amehta@volpe-koenig.com.

Harvest for the Homeless

Donations of men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as non-perishable items, are collected, sorted and delivered to local homeless shelters. If you are interested in assisting with organizing our effort, please contact Melanie Taylor at melanie.taylor@phila.gov, Roxane Crowley at rcrowley@clsphila.org and Matt Laver at mlaver@wglaw.com.

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