October 6, 2009

Next Wednesday: October Networking Happy Hour at Alfa

Next Wednesday, October 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., join your colleagues and other young professionals at Alfa (1709 Walnut Street) for the YLD's next Networking Happy Hour. The event is co-hosted by the Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and Labor and Employment Law Committee and sponsored by Veritext READ MORE

Deadline Extended to Oct. 27 for Nominations for YLD Executive Committee Posts

Every year, seven new members are elected to serve three-year terms on the YLD Executive Committee. This year's Election will take place on December 8 in conjunction with the Bar Association's Annual Meeting. The deadline for nominations has been extended and now must arrive at Bar Association headquarters by 3 p.m. on Oct. 27. CLICK FOR DETAILS, NOMINATION FORMS

Less Than Three Weeks Until Bench Bar 2009; Oct. 23 & 24

In addition to 13 distinct CLEs - including one planned by YLD members Alyson Oswald and Melanie Taylor - this year's Bench Bar Conference features a Quarterly Meeting where four City Council members, moderated by KYW's Wally Kennedy, will discuss the future of Philadelphia; a Grand Reception at the amazing Pool After Dark; a Sports Talk program hosted by 610-WIP's Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese; and a State of the Courts presentation featuring five of Pennsylvania's top judges. Register now. Book your room at 1-800-345-7253 and mention group code GHPBA9.

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Next Wednesday: October Networking Happy Hour at Alfa

Next Wednesday, October 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., join your colleagues and other young professionals at Alfa (1709 Walnut Street) for the YLD's next Networking Happy Hour. The event is co-hosted by the Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and Labor and Employment Law Committee and sponsored by Veritext.

Registration is not required however the first 50 to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket. Drink specials and appetizers will be on hand as well.

Deadline Extended to Oct. 27 for Nominations for YLD Executive Committee Posts

Every year, seven new members are elected to serve three-year terms on the YLD Executive Committee. This year's Election will take place on December 8 in conjunction with the Bar Association's Annual Meeting. The deadline has been extended and now all nominations must arrive at Bar Association headquarters by 3 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Any Voting Member of the Young Lawyers Division is eligible for election to the Executive Committee provided, however, that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A YLD member is eligible if he/she is 37 years of age or less in the year 2012 or, if he/she is older than 37, he/she will not be celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2012. The Nomination Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Eleventh Floor, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

At 5:00 p.m. that same day, we will have an informational meeting in the 10th Floor Board Room at Bar Association headquarters where ballot positions will be drawn.

About the Executive Committee

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. In addition to the purposes of the YLD as stated in the By-Laws, being a member of the YLD Executive Committee gives lawyers in the early years of their careers opportunities for leadership, networking, personal growth 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 & Special Events, at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

REQUIRED FORMS: Nomination Petition | Personal Statement

THIS THURSDAY: Public Service Task Force of the Women in the Profession Committee Hosting "Back to School" Happy Hour

This Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m., the Public Service Task Force of the Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee will host a "Back to School" Happy Hour at the Public House, 1801 Arch Street.

The event is free and features drink specials. It also presents a great opportunity to get to know members of the Task Force and the Committee as well as mingle with many other Bar Association members. Attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies for a local school in need.

To RSVP, contact Nikki Johnson-Huston at 215-683-5289 or nikki.johnson-huston@phila.gov

DUE FRIDAY: Candidates for '09 Election

The 2009 Bar Association Election is just around the corner and the Elections Committee is now seeking qualified candidates for the offices of Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer (each office carries a one-year term) and five seats on the Board of Governors (each Board seat carries a three-year term).

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Assistant Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the December 8, 2009 annual meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 Members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice-Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote.

There will be an informational "Nuts And Bolts" Session at 12pm on Sept. 30th at the Bar Association to offer guidance to prospective candidates about the Board of Governors and the process of running for a Member of Line-Officer seat.

Important Dates:

-Election "Nuts And Bolts" Session: September 30
-Candidate Filing Deadline: October 9
-Election Ballots Mailed: November 20
-Mailed Ballot Deadline: December 4
-Election (8:30am - 6:00pm: December 8

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact, Staff Counsel, Brian Sims at bsims@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee, c/o Brian Sims, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5p.m. this Friday, Oct. 9.

Celebrate National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 26-30

Pro Bono Celebration Week honors the pro bono contribution of Philadelphia's lawyers and offers an occasion to learn more about the interesting and professionally challenging pro bono opportunities that exist with Philadelphia's public interest organizations.

Coordinated by the Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Law School Outreach and Law Firm Pro Bono Committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pro Bono Celebration Week is planned in collaboration with the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration. The following is a list of Pro Bono Celebration Week activities:

Monday, Oct. 26

Chancellor's Forum on Prisoner Pro Bono Projects: 12 p.m., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Register HERE.

Pro Bono Open House Fair: 5 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St.. To register contact Nicole Friant at anfriant@duanemorris.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., UHCH, Penn Center, St. Agatha/St. James, 38th and Chestnut streets. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Philadelphia VIP's Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Preventing Homelessness: A CLE training program; 8:30a.m. to 12:15p.m. at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. Register at phillyvip.org. If you work at a firm with a VIP contact person, please register through that person. Deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 19.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case: A CLE training program from the Support Center for Child Advocates; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets, 10th floor. Register with PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., Kirkbride/Traveler?s Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Thursday, Oct. 29

HelpLine Volunteer Training Program: A SeniorLAW Center training program; 11 a.m.. to 1 p.m., Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., Register with Sue Wasserkrug at 215-701-3216 or swasserkrug@seniorlawcenter.org.

Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., Eliza Shirley Shelter, 1320 Arch St.. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Friday, Oct. 30

Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney for Older Pennsylvanians: A SeniorLAW Center training program; 12 to 3 p.m., Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Roxanne Crowley at rcrowley@seniorlawcenter.org.

Pro Bono: Where Do We Go From Here: A Capstone CLE Forum; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 34th and Chestnut streets. 3 CLE credits (pending approval). Register with Arlene Finkelstein at arfinkelstein@law.upenn.edu.

Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic: 10 a.m., St. John?s Hospice, 1221 Race St. Register with Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Nominations for 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award Due Oct. 16; Brennan Award Due Nov. 6

Nominations are now being accepted for the Bar Association's 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award, given to an individual who has significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice, and the Brennan Award, given to a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the former is Fri., Oct. 16; the latter, Nov. 6.

Criteria for the Fidelity Award are as follows:

1. Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia)

2. The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association

3. Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.)

4. The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional

5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

The Brennan Award is open to any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Nominations for both awards can be sent to Tracey McCloskey at Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference, Nov. 12-13

On Nov. 12 and 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section will present the "ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference 2009", the nation’s most comprehensive two-day law firm marketing education program.

Attorneys, marketers and executives will hear from ABA's faculty of attorneys on how to differentiate themselves and their firms, including two keynote addresses from David Lat, Founding Editor of "Above the Law," speaking on image control, and John Osborn, President and CEO of BBDO, speaking on strategic branding.

Rates range from $795 to $995. Click here for more information and to register.

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