Real Life Financial Planning CLE Jan. 14

You spend all of your time looking after your clients' interests, your law firm's interests and your billable hours. You mean to sit down with someone and go over your finances and develop a plan that will ensure your financial present and future. But getting that time and organizing all of the paperwork - it is daunting - and before you have time to get any farther another more pressing client emergency crops up...READ MORE

Shachoy Law Review Symposium Jan. 18

The Villanova Law Review will hold The Norman J. Shachoy Law Review Symposium "Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?" on Friday, Jan. 18 at Villanova University School of Law. The symposium will feature the leading authorities on the subject of international sales law from across the globe, including the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the Hon. Renaud Sorieul. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of the Shachoy Symposium. Click here to register.

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Real Life Financial Planning CLE Jan. 14

You spend all of your time looking after your clients' interests, your law firm's interests and your billable hours. You mean to sit down with someone and go over your finances and develop a plan that will ensure your financial present and future. But getting that time and organizing all of the paperwork - it is daunting - and before you have time to get any farther another more pressing client emergency crops up.

Stop! You need to take your financial future into your own hands - the sooner the better. PBI's "Real Life Financial Planning" will help you make the correct first steps to securing your financial future. Whether you are a new lawyer just admitted to practice, a partner with 20 years of experience or a senior lawyer counting the months until retirement, this program will help you develop strategies, define priorities and establish a sound financial plan that will serve your needs now and into the future.

This 4 substantive CLE credit program will be held Monday, Jan. 14 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 24

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Estia, 1405 Locust St. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

John B. Wright II will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

Association Vice Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will receive the Section's Inaugural Diversity Award. The Health Care Law Committee will be honored as Committee of the Year and E. David Chanin, chair of the Business Litigation Committee, will be honored as Committee Chair of the Year.

Tickets are $50 for Section members, $60 for non-Section members and $70 for non-members of the Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

FJD Seeks Applicants for Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. The program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Participating law schools include the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law but the judges welcome applicants from any accredited law school.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judicial fellows work in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere and to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice upon obtaining paid employment.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

During the first year of the program's existence, 88 percent of the 30 judicial fellows left their fellowships having successfully secured paid positions.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit courts.phila.gov/jfp.

Marketing Corner: Plan, Budget for Marketing in 2013

By Kimberly Alford Rice

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to take control of your career by developing a practical, step-by-step marketing plan to guide your business development and marketing activities throughout the year. Commit to making 2013 a more strategic, deliberate year for your marketing efforts. Here are five reasons why young lawyers should create a marketing plan and budget for 2013:

"Map" and drive business development direction. It's tough, if not impossible, to track progress in your marketing efforts without a written, well-conceived plan which concisely states your objectives, who you are (or should be) trying to reach, and what you are realistically trying to achieve within a given timeframe.

Avoid spending foolishly. In these challenging economic times, lawyers cannot afford to spend marketing dollars unwisely, on an ad hoc basis. Every expenditure should be a part of a cohesive plan. Make every dollar work hard and be measurable towards your stated goals.

Bring focus to your marketing efforts. A thoughtful marketing plan and budget will help you be more effective in your marketing activities on a day-to-day basis if there are benchmarks of what you are trying to achieve and for whom.

Young lawyers should spend most marketing dollars and, more importantly, time, on initiatives which will result in actually achieving measurable goals such as: • Developing a strong network of business contacts;
• Increasing name recognition among prospects and prospective referral sources;
• Targeting new clients.

A Marketing Plan and Budget Creates Measurable Objectives to Evaluate Success. How will you evaluate if it has been a successful year? Will it depend upon management's subjective memories or can you devise measurable objectives to compare results against? How will you determine where to focus future marketing efforts and dollars if you don’t know if a given initiative worked as designed?

A Marketing Plan and Budget Demonstrates Your Commitment to Your Business Realistically, if you can't (or won't) dedicate focused thought and energy to develop a solid marketing plan and budget to develop business, how can you expect your business results to improve?

As young lawyers confront fierce competitive forces day after day, is there really anything more important to the success of your practice than to plan for its success?

Continued success in 2013. May it be everything you intend it to be!

Kimberly Alford Rice is principal of KLA Marketing Associates.

Volunteers Needed for Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and we need your help to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring students from approximately 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a two to three hour time commitment.

Please pass this information along to your friends and colleagues. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov or Jim Nixon at james.nixon@pacourts.us.

Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge. Click here to view this year's case materials.

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