YLD to Present Awards at Feb. 26 Annual Meeting, Reception at Rittenhouse Hotel

The Young Lawyers Division will present its annual awards and welcome 2013 Chair Aneesh A. Mehta at its Annual Meeting Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Rittenhouse Hotel...READ MORE

Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event Feb. 20: Attorney Volunteers Needed

Looking to connect with other professionals in a fun setting and help law students get a head start on their careers in the process? Looking for a way to help students, but don't necessarily have a job to offer? Rutgers-Camden Law School has an opportunity for you to help law students build skills essential to their finding a job in a challenging market. Come participate in the Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:45 to 8 p.m...READ MORE

Advanced Storytelling, Presentation Skills Feb. 21

The best lawyers agree: without skilled delivery, the soundest arguments fail. In PBI's entertaining and compelling CLE program "Advanced Storytelling and Presentation Skills" on Thursday, Feb. 21, David Mann focuses on the goal of persuading juries and engaging witnesses by presenting complex material with the ease of conversation. Visit pbi.org to register.

Join Penn Dragon Boat Race Practices

Ever been curious about racing on a dragon boat with 21 of your best friends? Come check
out Penn Dragon Boat open land practices during the month of February (Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.). Bring your A game and a fantastic attitude. We'll be doing sprints, yoga, wheelbarrows, fireman's lifts, team relay races and much more. It's like elementary school gym without all the screaming... kind of. Let us know you're coming on the www.penndragonboat.com contact form. The sooner, the better, because spots are limited.

Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term March 4

Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell will moderate the panel discussion "Law and Policy in Obama's Second Term: Looking Forward" on Monday, March 4. Panelists for this program, part of PBI's Public Policy Series, include Ron Christie, Penny Lee and U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

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YLD Annual Meeting, Reception Feb. 26 at Rittenhouse Hotel

The Young Lawyers Division will present its annual awards and welcome 2013 Chair Aneesh A. Mehta at its Annual Meeting Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

At the event, the YLD will present its Craig M. Perry Service Award to Marla K. Conley, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, and its F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Michael Lee of The Law Office of Michael Lee. Additionally, the YLD Vision Award will be presented to the law firm of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP.

The cost of the event is $35 for YLD Members; $45 for non-YLD Members; $60 for non-Association Members; and $25 for Law Student Members. The event includes a light dinner and a wine and beer reception. The YLD Annual Meeting Reception is sponsored by Asterion. Click here to register.

UPS General Counsel McClure is March 11 Quarterly Meeting Speaker

Teri Plummer McClure, senior vice president of legal, compliance, audit & public affairs and general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS, 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.

Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event: Attorney Volunteers Needed

Looking to connect with other professionals in a fun setting and help law students get a head start on their careers in the process? Looking for a way to help students, but don't necessarily have a job to offer? Rutgers-Camden Law School has an opportunity for you to help law students build skills essential to their finding a job in a challenging market. Come participate in the Rutgers-Camden Law School Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to give law students the chance to meet local professionals, gain industry insight, learn about job opportunities and what it takes to become a successful lawyer. The event will give students an opportunity to learn more about practicing law while gaining valuable insights and advice that can help them in their careers. Speed networking is very similar to the wildly popular speed dating. It consists of brief conversations between students and practicing lawyers, at regular intervals of time. Once the time is up, the students move on to the next lawyer, then the next, ultimately giving them the chance to meet with several participating attorneys, getting career advice and tools for communicating with professionals. In this structured environment students can talk to people they wouldn't otherwise have come into contact with, and can decide whether they have an interest in a particular kind of employer or practice area.

Following the one-hour speed networking session, there will be a short reception where participants can have the opportunity to speak more informally. Click here to register. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 1 at 5p.m. For more information contact Gwen Tolbert at gtolbert@camden.rutgers.edu.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 20. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court’s website at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you are an Association member and plan to bring a guest. If you are not a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the fee is $325. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 
Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

DA Williams Kicks Off Chancellor's Leadership Institute Feb. 27

Join us for the official kickoff of the Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor's Leadership Institute, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as we hear from Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, the first African-American District Attorney in Philadelphia and in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. District Attorney Williams will share his personal journey and reflections on leadership, followed by an audience Q&A session.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. An RSVP is required to attend this brown-bag program. Click here to register.

The next Chancellor's Leadership Program will be Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m., as we welcome a prominent panel of leaders including Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman; Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate Harper; former Pennsylvania state representative and current senior vice president of Interact Kathy Manderino; and former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge and current American Red Cross of Southeastern PA CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes. The location will be announced soon.

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