Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 30

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St...READ MORE

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 5

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. 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...READ MORE

Brehon Law Society Happy Hour Jan. 30

The Brehon Law Society is hosting a happy hour this Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at American Pub (Centre Square Building at 1500 Market St). The evening will offer a wonderful opportunity to network with new members and kick of what promises to be a wonderful 2014 with some Irish blarney. Food and drink specials will be offered and admission is free.



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Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Program

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 to 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 2-3 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 for more information.

Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Jan. 30

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual Public Interest/Public Service Career (PIPS) Fair Reception, on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St.

This cocktail reception will be held the evening before the Philadelphia Area Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair and offers a great opportunity for area public interest students to meet Philadelphia's phenomenal public interest community. Prospective public interest and public service employers are all welcome to attend! You can meet and inspire our area's public interest students with the great work that you do, and you can even do a little recruiting for future interns and pro bono volunteers.

Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Many thanks to our gracious host, Dechert LLP. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. If you have any questions, please email Tory Messina at vmessina@law.upenn.edu.

Sotomayor Diversity Award Nominations Due Feb. 5

Nominations are now being accepted for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. 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, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, 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 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 and can be sent to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955, faxed to (215) 238-1159 or emailed to nmclaurin@philabar.org. Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter.Nomination materials can be downloaded by visiting philadelphiabar.org.

Privacy in the Age of Terror and Twitter Feb. 10

Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA monitoring of emails and cell phones; world leaders alleging U.S. eavesdropping on their communications; terrorism spreading round the world while our government balances interests of privacy with security, diplomacy with the need to know when and how our country and its citizens could be at risk.

How do we define the line between what we want our government to do to protect Americans at home and abroad and where we believe privacy rights must prevail?

Join our esteemed panel of journalists and attorneys on Monday, Feb. 10 as they examine the latest developments in the contest between protecting liberty and core American values and achieving the highest level of national security possible. Do you think Snowden is a traitor or a patriot? Are you willing to sacrifice some liberties to assure your safety? Is our government doing the right thing? Do we need more transparency or more secrecy as the US looks to protect its citizens and its interests?

Examine these issues and weigh in with your questions and comments at this timely and always lively PBI public policy seminar. Click here to register.

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