Mock Trial Volunteer Judges, Coaches Needed

width=265,height=236 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 of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition... READ MORE

YLD and Teach for America Happy Hour Feb. 9

width=265,height=236 The YLD will join with Teach for America for our first monthly happy hour of 2012 taking place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ladder 15. A private area will be roped off in the downstairs bar and specials include $4 bottled beer, $5 house wines, call drinks & drafts and $6 specialty cocktails. No RSVP necessary. Just show up to enjoy some networking with other young lawyers and Teach for America educators!

Managing Law Student Loan Debt: Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs Feb. 9

On Thursday, February 9, a program entitled Managing Law Student Loan Debt: Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia....READ MORE

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Mock Trial Volunteer Judges, Coaches Needed

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 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.

Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.

Click here to view this year’s Case Materials.

Managing Law Student Loan Debt: Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs Feb. 9

This program will feature a presentation by Heather Jarvis, a national expert on educational debt and financial barriers facing law school graduates and income-based repayment and public service loan forgiveness under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The program is free to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration is available online at here. This program is co-sponsored by the Association’s Public Interest Section, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and the Young Lawyers Division.

Increasing Access to Justice From the Bench Feb. 6

The panel will be moderated by Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The program beings at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. This program is free to all members of the Association, but pre-registration is required. Please register online at here. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Gideon Task Force and the Criminal Justice Section.

44th Annual MABLSA Regional Convention

Convention events will take place at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel and the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. It will highlight a number of annual events including but not limited to: the annual Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, the annual Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, the Career Expo: A Twist in Table Talk, the Charity Date Auction, the Legacy of MABLSA Hall of Fame Induction and Alumni mixer, workshops, panels, and the annual and much-anticipated awards gala and celebration.

Confirmed speakers include Charisse Lillie (Comcast Corporation & Comcast Foundation); Michael Tucker (Avis Budget Group); Shelley R. Smith (Philadelphia City solicitor); U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton; and U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger.

There is a special call for alumni to attend the Alumni Mixer on Friday, Feb. 4 starting at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel. For more information regarding the convention schedule and registration, please visit www.nblsa.org/mablsa or contact Mid-Atlantic Regional Chai, Sheila E. Isong at mid-atlantic@nblsa.org.

Wills for Heroes Volunteers Needed Feb. 11

The Wills for Heroes program is a free and easy service which provides Wills, Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. Due to the nature of their work, this service helps ensure their family's legal affairs are in order in case an unfortunate tragedy occurs. More information can be found at www.willsforheroes.org.

The event will be conducted for all active and retired Pennsylvania First Responders of FOP Lodge #5, members of the Guardian Civic League, Philadelphia City Hall Deputies, all sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others.

No prior legal experience with estate law is necessary to volunteer for this great cause. Comprehensive training will be provided prior the appointments commencing. Volunteers will be eligible for two free Pennsylvania CLE credits.

If you are interested, please contact Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardsphar.com or Felix Yelin at felix.yelin@courts.phila.gov.

Joint Initiative of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the School District of Philadelphia Seeks Volunteers

The most immediate need is to find 20 volunteer attorneys to provide training on the District's unlawful harassment and anti-bullying policies and the reporting requirements under these two policies to principals and assistant principals in the School District.

Important dates
January 31, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (training for volunteer attorneys) OR
February 7, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. (training for volunteer attorneys) AND
February 9, 2012, the time will either be from 3:45 to 4:45 or 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. as yet to be determined (training of all principals by volunteer attorneys) AND/OR
February 14, 2012, the time will either be from 3:45 to 4:45 or 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. as yet to be determined (training of all assistant principals by volunteer attorneys)

The Training Plan for Principals and Assistant Principals
All principals will be attending professional development programs on February 9th. The plan is to have simultaneous breakout sessions so that the volunteer attorneys will deliver the training in separate rooms to small groups of principals. The same program will be repeated for all assistant principals on February 14th. All volunteers must be available either on the 9th or the 14th, or both the 9th and the 14th.

We will provide training to the volunteer attorneys on the materials to be used during the breakout sessions on January 31st and February 7th. Volunteer attorneys need only attend one of these train the trainer sessions, not both.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Feb. 6

Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $60 for non-Section members and $70 for non-members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

PVLA Volunteer Event, Feb. 3

Apply now to be matched on short- or long-term pro bono cases with artists, start-up creative collectives, and nonprofits.

Current and prospective PVLA volunteers are eligible for a discounted rate at “Arts & Business Go Together Like Wine and Cheese,” on February 3rd at the new Atwater Kent where business and legal volunteers can network and learn about South American wine courtesy of Tria while and listen to internationally recognized Latin American musicians.

Center City Crime Victim Services Community Enrichment and Engagement Awards Night Feb. 23

The Community Enrichment and Engagement Award is given to those who work tirelessly in our community, channeling their passion into improving and connecting our community to support the rights of individuals, creating a a sense of community between the residents and promoting social legal justice for everyone.

Tickets to the event are $60.00, The event will include wine, beer and food with remarks from Mayor Nutter. To reserve tickets click here. Under comments please include your name and the number of tickets you are requesting. On the night of the event your tickets will be available at the door.

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