April 27, 2007
April 27, 2007
Ifill to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture at Quarterly Meeting June 7Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS' "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Thursday, June 7 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 and Kweisi Mfume have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs also will be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.
Ifill is frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the vice presidential debate during the 2004 election. She spent several years as a Washington Week panelist before taking over the moderator's chair in October 1999.
Federal Courts Committee and YLD Present "My First Federal Trial" May 3
Getting ready for your first federal court appearance or perhaps your first big trial in federal court? Interested in learning some pointers from a terrific panel of seasoned trial lawyers and judges? Looking for an incredible networking opportunity? Need CLE credits? On Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 4 PM, come to the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Market streets for a program co-sponsored by the Federal Courts Committee, YLD and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute called "My First Federal Trial." This annual CLE program features experienced lawyers who are also good practical teachers, as well as a panel of the Eastern District's best judges, who will address topics such as: what to do in those last few hours (things that are not set out in the rules); what to expect at the final pretrial conference; the mechanics of a trial - where to stand, where to sit and what to do with exhibits; and what to do if you get in trouble.
This program is worth two CLE credits, followed by a reception with the opportunity to meet and talk to the judges. For further details and registration information, please contact Ellen Meriwether or Michael Adler or register here.