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...READ MORE

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...READ MORE

VIP Custody Training Program Feb. 22

Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on custody on Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St. The presenters at this program are Julia Swain, Susan Gibson and Michael L. Viola. Attorneys participating in this seminar will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Training materials and lunch will be provided. Please register online at phillyvip.org/content/training-registration-form.

Interview Workshop for BLSA Chapters Feb. 20

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will be conducting an interview workshop for all area BLSA chapters. The workshop will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Please forward any questions, and RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com by Tuesday, Feb. 19, so that your name may be included for security reasons.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 22

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association will hold its 2013 Lunar New Year Banquet to celebrate the Year of the Snake on Friday, Feb. 22. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. at dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. The dinner will include several courses and will feature a traditional lion dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns. To purchase tickets, please visit www.apaba-pa.org. Please RSVP by Feb. 15. Contact Diana Lin at dianalin@cozen.com for more information.

Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Feb. 25

Join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet experts, as they show you how to be a cybersleuth and unearth free information online that will give you the advantage in your next case at PBI's "Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" on Monday, Feb. 25. As an extra bonus, you will take with you for free the latest book by our presenters - "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" (a $64.95 value). Click here to register.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly CLE March 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "Trusts: Drafting Well to Administer Well" on Tuesday, March 5. Get tips from attorneys who draft trusts; hear how corporate fiduciary counsel review trust documents; and discover how drafting choices impact trust administration. Visit pbi.org for more information.

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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 and Veritext. Click here to register.

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.

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.

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.

Marketing Corner: Keep an Eye on Body Language

by Kimberly Alford Rice
How we stand, what we do with our hands, where our eyes glance - these non-verbal actions communicate volumes about our thoughts and ideas, without ever opening our mouths to utter one word.

As attorneys whose careers turn on oral arguments and persuasive soliloquys, mastering the art of non-verbal communication is key to your success.

What does your body language say? Does it say you are confident, smart, and enthusiastic - or just the opposite?

Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7 percent, to be exact. In fact, 55 percent of communication is visual (body language, eye contact) and 38 percent is vocal (pitch, speed, volume, tone of voice). The world's best business communicators have strong body language: a commanding presence that reflects confidence, competence, and charisma.

Here are some signposts to be aware of exactly what you are communicating with your body:

• Hands clasped in front: Communicates discomfort with what is being said.

• Arms folded across chest: Resisting what is being said.

• Hands on hips: Communicates defiance and impatience.

• Hands fall to the sides: Your message is getting across. Similar as when you lay your hands naturally across the lap.

• Leaning forward (seated): You are interested and listening more closely than before.

• Hands near face: Either 1) are being less than honest; or 2) have serious doubts about what another person is saying.

• Rubbing the cheek or forehead: Telegraphs anxiety.

• Hand to the back of the neck: You want to leave, are "pulling" yourself out of the conversation.

• Breaking eye contact - Break the connection between you and to whom you are speaking. Conveys that you are less than interested.

• Darting eyes (i.e. checking out everything but your speaking partners) - Communicates dishonesty and nervousness.

• Eye-to-Eye Contact - You are interested and engaged in the conversation. The actions described above are just a few indicators that you should take note what your body is saying to others when your mouth is closed.

Awareness is the key to improvement. So work on your body language. Pay as much attention to it as the words you use, and watch your influence soar!

Kimberly Alford Rice (kimberly@klamarketing.net) is principal of KLA Marketing Associates.

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