September 30, 2009

THIS SATURDAY: YLD Family Fall Festival; Register Now

Registration is still open for the YLD Family Fall Festival, this Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Philadelphia Zoo. Those who sign up now can pick up their tickets at the Zoo's Will Call window. No walk-ins will be admitted. READ MORE

YLD Seeking Nominations for Executive Committee Posts; Due by Oct. 20

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. All nominations must arrive at Bar Association headquarters by 3 p.m. on Oct. 20. CLICK FOR DETAILS, NOMINATION FORMS

Discount Deadline for Bench Bar Hotel Reservations TOMORROW

Bar Association members have until tomorrow, Oct. 1, to take advantage of discounted hotel room rates for the 2009 Bench Bar and Annual Conference at Harrah's Atlantic City. Call 609-441-5766 and mention group code GHPBA9. Register for the Conference itself HERE.

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THIS SATURDAY: YLD Family Fall Festival; Register Now

Registration is still open for the YLD Family Fall Festival, this Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Philadelphia Zoo. Those who sign up now can pick up their tickets at the Zoo's Will Call window. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

The cost of the event (Adults: $20; ages 2-12: $12; under 2: free) includes:

-9AM-5PM access to the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave.
-YLD Family Fall Festival at Peacock Pavilion, 12-2:30PM. Enjoy a picnic BBQ and decorate your own cupcake.
-Zoo on Wheels (12-2:30PM)
-Face Painting (12:30-2:30PM)

Remember, children are encouraged to wear costumes (young lawyers can, too).

CLICK HERE to sign up now!

October Networking Happy Hour, Oct. 14 at Alfa

On 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.

YLD Seeking Nominations for Executive Committee Posts; Due by Oct. 20

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. All nominations must arrive at Bar Association headquarters by 3 p.m. on Oct. 20.

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 20, 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

NEXT MONDAY: Kickoff Reception for Advancing Civics Education Program

From 4-7 p.m. on October 5, YLD members are invited to the opening of the Advancing Civics Education Program's 2009 school year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Levy Conference Center, 3400 Chestnut Street. A.C.E. provides supplemental civics education — in areas such as principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution — to 9th-grade public school students.

The reception is for former A.C.E. volunteers, new volunteers and participating teachers, and will feature:

-Meeting and mingling with team members and teachers
-New volunteers and new teachers orientation
-Returning participant refresher and teaching tips
-The experience of the interactive lesson format
-Light refreshments

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their calendars to start planning the school year with their respective civics team.

Those not yet a part of this year's A.C.E. program can sign up here. To learn more and to RSVP for the reception, contact A.C.E. Chair, Jenimae Almquist, at jmalmquist@raynesmccarty.com

STARTS TOMORROW: Money Management 101: How to be Ahead of the Game for the Rest of Your Financial Future

Kicking off tomorrow, Oct. 1, and concluding Nov. 5, the Bar Association's Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force will present "Money Management 101: How to be Ahead of the Game for the Rest of Your Financial Future," a two-part educational series.

The first presentation will be held at the Bar Association (1101 Market St.) tomorrow, Oct. 1, from 12:15-1:15p.m. Expert panelists will be Jessica Newell and Harry Mentonis from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. The outline for the first presentation is as follows:

-How to Get Started
-Budgeting and Income Distribution: Organizing Financial Priorities
-Establishing Safety Nets

The second presentation will be held on Thursday, November 5, at the Bar Association from 12:15-1:15p.m. Expert panelist will be Daniel P. Foley from Delaware Valley Financial Group Companies. Lunch is complimentary. The outline for the first presentation is as follows:

-Looking Toward the Future
-Building Wealth
-Planning for Retirement

A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

There is no cost to the program and no CLE credits are available. Attendees can bring their own lunch or purchase from the Bar Association for $8.00. Interested parties can RSVP or learn more details by contacting Emily Marks, Co-Chair of the Task Force, at 215-851-9700 or emarks@kolsbygordon.com. Registration is also available online HERE.

Public Service Task Force of the Women in the Profession Committee Hosting "Back to School" Happy Hour, Oct. 8

On 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

Bar Association Currently Seeking Candidates for '09 Election; Due Oct. 9

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., Friday, Oct. 9.

Nominations Sought for 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award; Due Oct. 16

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. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Fri., Oct. 16.

Criteria for the 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.

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.

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.

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