Meet n' Greet Jan. 23 at Pyramid Club

The Young Lawyers Division, Resident and Fellow/Young Physicians of The Philadelphia County Medical Society, Emerging CPAs of the PICPA and RMA Young Bankers are invited to a meet 'n greet reception on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St...READ MORE

Young Brehons Happy Hour Jan. 24

The Brehon Society will host its inaugural Young Brehons happy hour on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the American Pub at Centre Square, 1500 Market St. at 6 p.m. The Young Brehons division of the Brehon Society is focused on providing networking and legal education opportunities for freshly minted Irish-American attorneys and young legal professionals in the Philadelphia area and surrounding communities. No need to worry if your last name is not Murphy or Clancy - the event is open to all. So save the date and come out to the American Pub on the 24th for what promises to be a great evening.

Commercial Leases CLE Feb. 7

Watch and listen as counsel for the landlord and tenant work through key provisions of a commercial lease at PBI's "Negotiating and Drafting the Best Terms for Commercial Leases in 2013" on Thursday, Feb. 7. There's nothing like seeing how the parties position themselves to learn strategies and techniques for getting your client the best deal possible. Throughout the negotiation, our faculty will offer teaching points so that you'll be able to understand the thought processes behind what each side is doing. Visit pbi.org for more information.

Business Liability Insurance Issues CLE Feb. 19

Designed for both business legal advisors and commercial litigators, PBI's "Business Liability Insurance Issues" on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will explore the types of insurance available to cover risks facing businesses, how insurance needs are generally assessed, and marketplace trends. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Visit pbi.org to register.

UPS Chief Legal Officer McClure is Speaker for March 11 Quarterly Meeting

Teri Plummer McClure, the chief legal and compliance officer for UPS Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon...READ MORE

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Meet n' Greet Reception Jan. 23 at Pyramid Club

The Young Lawyers Division, Resident and Fellow/Young Physicians of The Philadelphia County Medical Society, Emerging CPAs of the PICPA and RMA Young Bankers are invited to a meet 'n greet reception on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St.

The evening includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres, drink specials and 50 percent off any item for our all-day menu. Credit card payment is required for all transactions in the club. Dress Code for the club is business casual.

Space is limited to the first 40 people who register. Click here to register.

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.

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 who left their fellowships had successfully secured paid positions.

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

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. Wright is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Triumph Group, Inc and a former chair of the Business Law Section. 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.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a sponsor of the Business Law Section Annual Reception. 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.

Challenges for ICC's Second Decade Feb. 11

The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present "Challenges for the ICC’s Second Decade" on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Silverman Hall, 3501 Sansom St.

Judge Sang-Hyun Song, president of the International Criminal Court, will offer keynote remarks. A moderated panel discussion with Patricia Viseur Sellers, special adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies and Penn Law Prof. William Burke-White will also be held. Click here to register.

Promotional partners for the event are American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights & Section of International Law; International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and The Global Philadelphia Association.

UPS Chief Legal Officer McClure is March 11 Speaker

Teri Plummer McClure, the chief legal and compliance officer for UPS Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Monday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Bar Association will also present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the program. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.
Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor John E. Savoth will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

In her role at UPS, McClure oversees all ethics and compliance, audit and legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the company does business, and advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors. McClure also leads UPS worldwide public affairs and government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, among many other public policies.

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 8

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award to be presented at the Association's March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

This award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession. Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Previous recipients of the diversity award include Justice Sotomayor, the Liacouras Committee, former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis and Nolan Atkinson.

The award shall be granted to an attorney, jurist, law firm, law department, legal services organization or law school in Philadelphia, or an individual or entity that has made a substantial impact upon the Philadelphia legal community. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous contribution, or a single outstanding contribution, to diversity and full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession in furtherance of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles. Nominations of individuals should be based upon their personal contributions to diversity, and nominations of entities should be based upon programmatic activity.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 and should be sent to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. Nomination materials can be downloaded by visiting philadelphiabar.org.

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