April 6, 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.

Women in the Profession Mentoring Program Launches April 18

The Women In the Profession Committee will celebrate spring and the launch of its new mentoring program on Wednesday, April 18 at the Mexican Post, 16th and Cherry streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The mentoring program's goal is to enable the retention and professional development of women attorneys.

To RSVP, please enroll in our Mentoring Program by submitting an application to become either a mentor and/or a protege (you can sign up to be both). You will also be able to sign up for the mentoring program at the event, but please RSVP to Natalie Klyashtorny at nklyashtorny@nochumson.com to indicate your attendance. The event will include free appetizers and cocktails. The event is sponsored by Summit Court Reporting and Sacks Legal Search.

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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.

How much time does rainmaking take? by Lisa Goldstein

Living is entirely too time-consuming. -Irene Peter

"How old are you"? -A question that I would normally consider taboo; has been proposed to me during three out of the last four business meetings I have conducted. Since I will be turning the Big 40 at the end of next month, I am particularly sensitive to this question. When I reveal my age, the usual response is, "Wow, I thought you were much younger." This is a double edged sword. Every woman wants to appear youthful; however, with age comes wisdom. Because I am a consultant, wisdom is a necessary trait. Therefore, as a wise woman rounding the next decade of her life, I have decided to devote this column to a topic that is very pertinent to rainmaking, time.

In today's fast paced society, we are all are trying to figure out how to cram two days of activities into one day. This is compounded by the fact that most lawyers still bill by the hour, so everything must be prioritized against the billable hour.

When I coach a lawyer, inevitably, the first question the lawyer asks me is; "how much time will it take for me to reach my business development goals?" I can not respond with a simple answer. Two lawyers spending the same amount of time on business development will have different results. Your time commitment will vary depending upon your network, your practice and your social skills. However, the lawyers who are the most successful at rainmaking set the goal of business development as a top priority in their lives.

Business development is a way of life. Since you are selling yourself, you need to think about rainmaking during every aspect of your life. In order to be successful you will have to make sacrifices. You will miss time with family. You will miss time churning out "billable hours". Yet you will gain a sense of freedom in knowing that you have the kinds of relationships that will make you successful independently.

I've made business development a top priority in my life. It's not always easy. Sometimes I don't tuck my children into bed at night because I am at a networking function. Sometimes I wonder how I am going to continue to satisfy my existing clients and retain my next client.

The one thing that I am certain of is this. As I continue to set my goals, and build relationships, my business development moves forward. In turn, I have the freedom to choose the work that I enjoy. I hope that you decide to make rainmaking a priority in your lives so that when you round the Big 40 you too will have this autonomy.

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