October 16, 2007

Register Now for YLD A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium

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On Saturday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. &mdash 1:30 p.m. the YLD will host A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children and includes lunch, an animal encounter, a pick-your-own pumpkin and painting activity and a special showing of SpongeBob SquarePants 4D ride at 2 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume. You MUST register in advance for this event; walk-in registration will not be accepted.

Register now.

Purchase Tickets Now for Lawyerpalooza October 25

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On October 25, the YLD will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets). The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods, ProBonos and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be a performance by Brad Shuttleworth. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage!

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC and Summit Court Reporting, Inc. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Some Firms Soar, Some Sink in Midlevel Associate Satisfaction

Hands-On Work, Mentoring and Benefits Are Key Factors by Gina Passarella

One might think Pennsylvania firms had something to prove when it came to the satisfaction of their midlevel associates.

In the annual rankings by The American Lawyer of the nation’s largest firms based on associate satisfaction, some Philadelphia firms plowed through the list with such force it almost leaves to be forgotten that the majority of Pennsylvania firms fell in the rankings.

Fox Rothschild was the most improved firm out of the 164 that responded to the survey, moving from 140th to fourth on the list nationally and first among Philadelphia firms. The firm hadn’t moved past 73rd in the past five years, but Administrative Partner Mark L. Silow said Fox Rothschild implemented several programs over the past year to 18 months geared toward associates.

To read more of this article from the latest edition of YL, please click here.

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Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Competition Oct. 27

Members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will once again serve as mentors and coaches for the High School Mock Trail Competition. This year's competition begins with the Mock Trial Law Camp, set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, located at 1719 North Broad Street.

The camp is an intensive all-day training session that couples an instructive component with hands-on training in direct and cross-examination of parties and witnesses. Students get an introduction to the key components of the trial, including the rules of evidence and opening and closing statements.

Attorney volunteers are essential to the success of this program. As group leaders, they guide small teams of students through the entire day's program. More than assisting students with preparation and presentation for their trials, attorney volunteers serve as mentors and a resource to high school students, who one day wish to follow in their footsteps to a career in the legal field. Lawyers will be provided with instructions and guidelines to assist in their participation.

After Mock Trial Camp, students from 50 public, private, and parochial schools will compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship in the spring. The students are given the opportunity to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. Previous trials have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters, civil forfeitures in a criminal context, and 1st degree murder.

YLD volunteer coaches are integral in guiding students in understanding the way a trial works, helping to develop trial strategies, and promoting an understanding of trial fundamentals. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament, with the best teams ultimately advancing to the state championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to represent the Philadelphia region. The State Champions go on to represent Pennsylvania in the National Finals.

Volunteers are needed to serve as team coaches and judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition. Attorneys interested in volunteering should contact Roberta West or Eleanora Jones at (215) 204-1887. If you have any questions, you may also contact Heather Herrington.

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