YLD Meet 'N Greet at The Pyramid Club March 6

You're invited! The YLD will join with the PICPA Emerging CPAs and Young Bankers of the RMA for a networking happy hour on March 6 from 6-8 p.m. at The Pyramid Club. Enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials while meeting other young professionals. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20;
Benefits Child Advocates

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. And whether you plan on beating 13-time defending legal division race champion Neill Clark or attaining your personal best, now is the time to start preparing for the Sunday, May 20 race. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor...READ MORE

Nominations Sought for Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The purpose of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity 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...READ MORE

CLE Proposals Sought for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

We are very excited to announce that this year’s Bench-Bar and Annual Conference will be going back to the boardwalk to the brand new beach front hotel and resort, Revel Atlantic City on October 5-6, 2012.

Proposals for the continuing legal education courses should be submitted to Maria Feeley at feeleym@pepperlaw.com by Friday, March 23rd. They should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and faculty members. The proposed panels should be representative of our Association and include members of the Bench when appropriate. Programs should be one hour long, with no more than four panelists. Decisions regarding the programs selected will be made by Friday, March 31st.

Please mark your calendars now for what we hope will be a great conference.

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New Partner/In-House Counsel Conference March 2-3

The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to sponsor the American Bar Association's 2012 New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia on March 2-3.

Lawyers who have made partner or have gone in-house in the last three years are encouraged. You do not have to be an ABA member or qualify as a young lawyer in the ABA to attend. Rewards of partnership or transitioning to in-house counsel come with a host of new opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges. This conference is specifically designed to help prepare lawyers for their new role and ultimately their long-term success.

Structured over two days, the conference provides learning and networking opportunities to help individuals:

• Understand expectations and anticipate needs
• Build or expand their referral network
• Handle internal firm/company dynamics, ethical issues and risks
• Mitigate the cost of managing electronic discovery
• Engage with top national practitioners including General Counsel

The early bird registration rate of $415 has been extended for all Philadelphia Bar Association members. Please note that we are also offering daily rates and group rates: $250/day; a 30 percent discount for all attendees for law firms or corporations that send three or more individuals; and a 30 percent discount for all attendees when a law firm registrant brings a corporate counsel registrant. More information is available at ambar.org/newpartner.

Register for Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. And whether you plan on beating 13-time defending legal division race champion Neill Clark or attaining your personal best, now is the time to start preparing for the Sunday, May 20 race. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor.

The 33rd Philadelphia Bar 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive. It is open to runners, walkers, students, and children who participate in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Kids Dash. All proceeds from the event benefit Support Center for Child Advocates, the nation's oldest and largest pro bono program providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children.

Group runs, increased runs, diversified training, and proper stretching techniques can all prove beneficial in improving your race. One of the best ways to improve your speed is by running about three times a week. Your body takes approximately 48 hours to repair damaged muscle tissue, so running every other day can be effective. Running with friends or colleagues can serve as motivation as well as help you push past your individual limits while training for a big race. Click here to register.

Protecting Our Children All-Day CLE Feb. 27

In the past few years, numerous high-profile stories have arisen concerning allegations of sexual abuse of children within well-respected institutions and organizations.

The myriad of legal issues created by such allegations and the ways in which the system might need to change in the future to better protect our nation's children are the subject of a new two-part CLE seminar "Protecting Our Children - The Responsibility of Organizations," being offered Monday, Feb. 27 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The morning session, "Protecting Children from Abuse," begins at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon session, "Corporate and Nonprofit Management," features guest speaker Dr. Richard James Gelles of School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

Other panelists for the program include Frank P. Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates; Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Cozen O'Connor; Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division; Ellen C. Brotman, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Larry Ceisler, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy; Anthony L. Crisci, Crisci Associates; Michael Exler, general counsel, Drexel University; Lawrence J. Fox, Drinkler Biddle & Reath LLP; Deirdre D. Fruh, legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.; Leslie M. Gomez, Ballard Spahr LLP; Valerie I. Harrison, associate university counsel, Temple University; Kelly B. Hodge, Philadelphia Safe Schools Advocate, PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Walt Hunter, CBS3 News; Sarah A. Kelly, Cozen O'Connor; Jeffrey Lindy, Lindy Law Firm; Natalye Paquin, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania; Charles E. Schmidt Jr., Schmidt Kramer, PC; Theodore Simon, Law Offices of Theodore Simon; Gina M. Smith, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Vicki J. Wilken, staff counsel, state Sen. Kim Ward (Chair, Senate Aging and Youth); Dr. Barbara E. Ziv, forensic psychiatrist; and Barry Zakireh, PhD, director of the Adult and Forensic Program, The Joseph J. Peters Institute.

To register for this 7 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program, click here.

Barristers' Association Black History Month Events

Join the Barristers' Association to celebrate Black History Month 2012 with two significant events!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Annual Meet the Judges and Legislators Reception

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom
601 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

This year we salute -- Chief Judge Theodore McKee, Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner, and Chief Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells for their esteemed accomplishments and unwavering service to the legal community.

To attend RSVP to kevin.harden@phila.gov; 215-686-7657 by Wednesday, February 15th.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Community Legal Clinic and Panel Discussion

6:30-9 p.m. at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
419 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

Join Barristers' for its first Community Legal Clinic of 2012. The Panel will include FIVE practitioners with expertise in "need-to-know" topics such as: Victims' Rights; Education Law (K-12); Tangled Title/Deed Conveyance; Living Wills/Advanced Directives; and Voters' Rights. Take part in this unique opportunity to brush up on recent laws, network, engage potential clients, and give back to the community. . . all at one event!

To attend RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com by Friday, February 24th. ALL ARE WELCOME and encouraged TO ATTEND.

Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness Feb. 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Bar Foundation Board Observation Workshop will present the Live, Lunch and Learn program "Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness" on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The featured speaker is Fernando Chang-Muy, University of Pennsylvania School of Law Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law. This is the first in a four-part series of Live, Lunch and Learns focused on nonprofit board participation for young attorneys. This program will focus on how effective organizations are productive, resourceful, and successful. An effective organization achieves its goals while adhering to its mission statement. To this end, in part, effectiveness is relative to the intrinsic values of a particular organization. However, there are objective business strategies that winning companies employ in order to increase organizational effectiveness. This program is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and Delivery of Legal Services Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register. Cancellations require 24 hours notice.

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.

Nominations Sought for Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking nominations for the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award.

The purpose of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity 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.

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.

Complete and return the nomination form by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2012 to Naomi K. McLaurin, Esq., Director of Diversity, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955, phone (215) 238-6340, fax (215) 238-1159, nmclaurin@philabar.org. Nominations will be reviewed by the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award Committee, and the recipient will be notified shortly thereafter. The award will be presented at the upcoming Quarterly Meeting.

To download materials, please click here.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

Click here to download a nomination form.

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2, 2012.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP and Judge for the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia M. Rufe.

Please send nominations to the attention of: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by email to dpetit@philabar.org.

Federal Court Rule 16 Conferences: A View from the Bench, March 21


CLE Program Sponsored by the Federal Courts Committee & YLD

Judges Davis, Goldberg and Savage will offer their views on Rule 16 conferences in federal court highlighting their procedures and preferences; what is expected of counsel in preparing for and handling Rule 16 conferences; as well as, advice for practitioners, including tips for young lawyers.

The judges will also address e-discovery cost shifting, including the recent decision in Aspartame Antitrust Litigation, and cost-shifting issues attorneys should be prepared to discuss at the Rule 16 conference.

The program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.

Click here for more information and to register.

Civil Practice CLE Feb. 29

The Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia VIP will present the new training program "Civil Practice: From Filing to Decision" on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

This two-part, four-hour program is a condensed guide to pro bono civil practice in Philadelphia. Registrants can attend either or both sessions and earn two free CLE credits for each session attended if they take one VIP case to completion for each two credits earned or are a current Child Advocates volunteer. The program will be held at New Century Trust, 1307 Locust St.

The first part of the program, from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m., will cover the nuts and bolts of civil practice. The second part of the program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover trial practice and the art of advocacy. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge Allan L. Tereshko will provide opening remarks. Faculty includes award-winning trial lawyers Gerald A. McHugh Jr. and Regina M. Foley of Raynes McCarty and VIP staff attorneys Maisha Elonai and Michael Viola. For more information, and to register, please contact Christina Ortiz at Phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550.

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