April 8, 2008

VH1's 'Best Week Ever' Comedian to Co-Headline YLD Comedy Night Saturday, May 10

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Join the YLD for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 10 featuring opening act Anton Shuford and co-headliners Lynne Koplitz and Doug Benson of VH1's "Best Week Ever." Tickets are available now and include open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ.

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Volunteers Attorneys Specializing in Mortgage Foreclosure Needed for April 16 LegalLine P.M.

LegalLine P.M., a free legal advice service sponsored by the YLD, is a great way for Philadelphia Bar Association attorneys to provide a public service to area residents who wish to receive quick and accurate legal information. This month, the YLD is sponsoring a special call in legal advice program on mortgage foreclosures on Wednesday, April 16 from 5 - 8 p.m. If interested please contact, Stephanie Mensing.

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Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 28 - May 2

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a series of programs that place Philadelphia lawyers of any age and law students in the community to educate the city's youth and public about the law through direct interaction.

Some of our Law Week activities include:

Lawyer in the Classroom – Volunteer lawyers and law students will visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Gastley or Josh Ryan.

Legal Advice Live! - A free, daylong ask-a-lawyer event spanning across Philadelphia. On Wednesday, April 30, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather on Independence Mall to provide free, in-person legal advice from noon to 2 p.m. in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Abbie DuFrayne.

Also on Wednesday, April 30, volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Volunteers are needed at the South Philadelphia Branch at Broad and Morris Streets and the Tacony Branch at Torresdale Ave & Knorr Streets from 1 to 3 p.m. To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne.

Legal Line - As part of Legal Advice Live!, on Wednesday, April 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor. If you would like to volunteer for Legal Line (either April 30 or a future date), please contact Stephanie Mensing.

The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf – On Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs, as the basis for criminal trials. Volunteers act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial the students are given the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks are guilty of a crime. To volunteer please contact Heather Herrington.

Lawyer for a Day - Volunteer attorneys, law students and judges pair with high school students and take them into the courts to learn more about the process of the judicial system as well as the role lawyers, judges and juries play in our community. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Philadelphia Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote by a guest speaker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko or Corey Davis.

Also if you know 4th, 5th, 6th or 12th grade students, teachers or parents at a Philadelphia public, parochial, charter or private school, we are seeking submissions for:

· Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest - Named for past Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2008 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to a high school seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private school in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question:

Do you think that school officials should be permitted to search a student's computer, iPod or iPhone? Why or why not? What factors should a court consider when deciding whether it is proper for a school official to search the contents of a student’s computer, iPod or iPhone?

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the privacy and security of individuals against unreasonable searches by government officials. However, school officials also have an interest in protecting the safety of their students and teachers. Students may want to address the possible kinds of information that could be on a computer, iPod or iPhone - like voicemails, emails, text messages, documents, videos, etc. - that could be illegal or perfectly legal but highly private information.

In addition to the scholarship, the winner will read their essay at a Naturalization Ceremony on May 1, 2008. Submissions should include the student's name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or amuldoon@philabar.org by NOON on Friday, April 11, 2008.

· 2008 Poster Contest - All 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2008 Poster Contest. Students are asked to: Draw a picture that best illustrates how law provides opportunity and equality in our community. Posters should be produced on standard 22" x 28" poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prize savings bonds will be awarded. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by NOON on Friday, April 11, 2008.

If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who can, please contact us or forward this information to them (including teachers or parents of students in the 4th, 5th, 6th or 12th grade). With your help, we look forward to a week of successful events.

Urban League's Morial to Address Bar June 30

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Morial served two distinguished 4-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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