April 13, 2007
April 13, 2007
Law Week Begins April 30
Philadelphia's week-long law fest, sponsored by the 13,000-member Bar Association, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation and runs from April 30 through May 4. The theme for Law Week 2007 is "Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy."
The following is a schedule of Law Week activities:
Monday, April 30
Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically 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.
Tuesday, May 1
A Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new United States citizens will be held at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. The winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will also read his or her essay.
Wednesday, May 2
Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice at a Law Fair, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Gallery at Market East 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.
Also on Wednesday, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline. 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.
Thursday, May 3
The First Judicial District and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will sponsor the 8th Annual Juror Appreciation Day at 8:30 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center's Jury Assembly Room on the first floor to recognize the crucial public service performed by local citizens who respond to jury duty.
Friday, May 4
Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them to their offices and into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges at the Bar Association at 8:30 a.m., and all participants are invited back to the Association's 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, during which students will recount their experiences and hear from various speakers including a keynote address by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and his daughter, FOX 29 morning anchor Sheinelle Jones.
For more information on Law Week activities and how to volunteer, click here.
Senior Lawyers Team Up with YLD for Attorney Mentoring Program
Young attorneys have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program (AMP). A group of 25 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.
If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact either Dan McKenna or Kate Skubecz. A luncheon hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held on May 8, 2007, for mentors and mentees. Thereafter, mentors and mentees will be able to develop an ongoing mentoring arrangement.