March 30, 2007

Purchase Tickets for the YLD 2nd Annual Comedy Night at Academy of Natural Sciences May 12

width=90,height=130 Ty Barnett, stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC's hit "Last Comic Standing," will fill the Academy of Natural Sciences with laughter when he headlines the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2nd Annual Comedy Night at the Academy on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Read more...

Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 30 - May 4

Volunteers are needed to help with Law Week activities. If you would like to volunteer for Lawyer in the Classroom, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at 215-686-4057 or albertine.dufrayne@courts.phila.gov.

If you would like to volunteer for Law Fair at the Gallery on Wednesday, May 2, please contact Heather Herrington at 215-627-6900 x 458 or heather.herrington@wilsonelser.com or Kristin McKenna at 215-564-8176 or KMcKenna@stradley.com.

To volunteer for Lawyer For A Day on Friday, May 4, please contact Scott Sigman at 215-735-3900 or ssigman@bochettoandlentz.com or Pauline Manos at 215-546-2604 or pmanos@feldmanpinto.com.

For additional information and updates, go to the Law Week page on the Bar Association's Web site: philadelphiabar.org/page/LawWeek.

YLD and Real Property Section to Sponsor House Hunting Program April 16

Join the YLD and Real Property Section on Monday, April 16 for "House Hunting to Closing-What You Need to Know to Get the Best Deal on Your New Home." The program will be moderated by Michael G. Moyer of Land Services USA, Inc. Panelists include: Tim Stokes of Coldwell Banker Preferred, Maria DeSimone of Best Interest Rate Mortgage Company and Neil T. Rubin of Abrahams, Loewenstein & Bushman, P.C.

The program will begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center.

Click here to RSVP for the program.

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Purchase Tickets for the YLD 2nd Annual Comedy Night at Academy of Natural Sciences May 12

Ty Barnett, stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC's hit "Last Comic Standing," will fill the Academy of Natural Sciences with laughter when he headlines the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2nd Annual Comedy Night at the Academy on Saturday, May 12, 2007. In addition to a night filled with entertainment, attendees will join together to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation -the charitable arm of the Bar Association, supporting legal agencies assisting the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. The event, which runs from 7-11:30 p.m., features comedy, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

Comedian and Philadelphia-native Chris Coccia will open for Ty Barnett and serve as emcee for the night.

The YLD Comedy Night is part of an annual mission to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation by promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. That mission is accomplished by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs and providing education on matters in the public interest.

Tickets are $65 per person and the show is open to the public. All tickets are general admission. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Graphic "300" cuts right to the point by Bill Larson

3.5 Buckets of Popcorn out of 4

Every now and then you need a good action film that doesn't require any thinking, just brute strength and an appetite for destruction. "300" is that film. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" concerns the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians and their ruler, Xerxes. The battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

Trust me when I say you won't need to think. The swords and the blood do the thinking for you. It's the type of movie that makes you want to have abs of steel and carry a sword.

Gerard Butler (best known from 2003's "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life") is great as King Leonidas, a man that other men would follow into battle without question. And though Spartan men were trained since youth to be emotionless, efficient warriors, Leonidas teaches his own son compassion and respect - the sign of a good king.

Also great is Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo. You can see by her dark hair and beautiful brown eyes why a man would go to war -not just to protect a kingdom, but the woman he loves. She is just as strong as her king in a time when women were seen and not heard. She counsels her king and stands up to traitors, just as skilled with a sword as she is with her brain. They are definitely worthy of each other.

While I definitely recommend this film, its R-rated for a reason. Why some moron at AMC's Cherry Hill 24 brought a 9-year-old is beyond me. "300" is for adults only - adults with a strong stomach for blood, guts and a good decapitation or two.

MPAA: Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.

Runtime: 117 min

Cast overview:

Gerard Butler ... King Leonidas

Lena Headey ... Queen Gorgo

Dominic West ... Theron

David Wenham ... Dilios

Vincent Regan ... Captain

Michael Fassbender ... Stelios

Tom Wisdom ... Astinos

Andrew Pleavin ... Daxos

Andrew Tiernan ... Ephialtes

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