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.

MSNBC's Barnicle, Gov. Rendell
to Speak at March 28 Quarterly

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Award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle, a frequent contributor and occasional guest host on MSNBC's popular "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association's Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania...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
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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

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MSNBC's Barnicle to Speak at Quarterly

Award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle, a frequent contributor and occasional guest host on MSNBC's popular "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association's Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania

Barnicle, who can also been seen regularly on NBC's "Today Show," has written more than 4,000 columns collectively for the Boston Herald, New York Daily News, and The Boston Globe, where he rose to prominence with his biting, satirical, and at times, heart-wrenching columns that closely followed the triumphs, travails and ambitions of Boston's working and middle classes. He has also written articles and commentary for Time magazine, Newsweek.com, The Huffington Post, ESPN the Magazine and Esquire, among others.

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 Rudolph Garcia 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."

The inaugural Justinian Society Comisky-DiBona Award will be presented to retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Bradley at the event.

Barnicle's award-winning documentaries include "Armed and Dangerous," which examined the proliferation of guns in the U.S., and "Justice on Trial," an expose on the Massachusetts judicial system.

Click here to purchase tickets to the March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

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.

Confirm Your Listing for 2012 Legal Directory

We would like to announce that the verification/update process for the 2012 Legal Directory has begun!

Personalized emails will be sent out to attorneys and firm administrators in the Greater Philadelphia area throughout this week, providing you with a personalized url with which to confirm or update your listings for the 2012 Legal Directory. Please be sure to check your inbox and be on the lookout for this information!

To create a brand-new listing, go to phillylegaldirectory.com. The deadline for listings for the print directory is Friday, March 2. If you or your firm were listed in last year's directory, and you have yet to receive your personalized url, please contact Cristin Stephens at cstephens@alm.com.

Open House at CJC Lawyers Lounge This Week

The Criminal Justice Section, in conjunction with the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Bar Association Judicial Council, Barristers' Association, and the NBA Women Lawyers Division, will host an Open House in honor of Black History Month at the Jack Myers Lawyers Lounge, Room 303, Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 27 to Friday, March 2.

The Open House will feature photos, documents and other memorabilia of African American Judges, Lawyers, and Pioneers for Justice from Philadelphia.

In addition to free donuts and coffee each morning, the Open House will include free legal research opportunities on any case for all lawyers who need it regardless of whether the lawyer was court appointed. Also, during this week the Lawyers Lounge will be open to all lawyers throughout the day, regardless of whether the lawyer is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, chair of the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the NBA Judicial Council and supervising judge of the Criminal Division said, "one of the goals of the Open House is to celebrate the contributions of judges and lawyers of color to the Philadelphia community."

Kevin Mincey, chair of the Criminal Justice Section and president of the Barristers' Association, expressed his desire that criminal lawyers feel free to use the Lawyers Lounge and take full advantage of free legal research offered. "This is particularly important to solo practitioners or small firms who often do not have adequate time or resources to engage in extensive research or whose offices are not located very close to the Criminal Justice Center," he said. "The Lawyers Lounge is very well appointed, having been refurbished and rededicated as the Jack Myers Lawyers Lounge in 2010. The refurbishing project, which was spearheaded by Judge Genece E. Brinkley, was designed to make the lounge feel like a hotel lobby and provides a place where lawyers can retreat from the hustle and bustle of sometimes stressful cases in the Criminal Justice Center."

For more information contact, Judge Woods-Skipper at (215) 683-7020.

Bar Accepting Ginsburg Writing Competition Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2012 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2011-12 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers  University School of Law – Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

All entries should be sent to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, contact Petit at 215-238-6367 or email dpetit@philabar.org.

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.

Free Panel Discussion: The Nexus Between Public Health and Criminal Justice, March 9, 2012

This event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prison Society will bring together individuals from corrections and the community to discuss their divergent approaches to enhancing the public well-being. Keynote speakers include Estelle Richman, Acting Deputy Secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and John Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections in Pennsylvania. Renowned panelists will speak to their experience in public health, corrections, and community advocacy. A light breakfast will be served at 8:15 am, and the program will run from 9:15 am- 12:30 pm. Registration will be available at the event only. The conference will be held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia at the McNeil Science and Technology Center (723 S. 43rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19104). Free parking is available.

Parental Leave Policies, Practices Feb. 28

Is your employer legally obligated to provide you with parental leave? What is the current trend for parental leave policies among Philadelphia law firms and legal employers? If your employer does not have a parental leave policy, what do you ask for and how do you negotiate terms that you want? Even if you get parental leave, should you take it and what are the professional ramifications?

According to a survey of the top 50 best law firms for women, on average, women receive 14 paid weeks of maternity leave, but on average only take 12. Men received just six weeks, but on average only take two weeks. Will more male attorneys who take advantage of parental leave policies increase the acceptance of parental leave in the legal profession?

Our panel of experts will discuss these questions, specific leave policies, whether the employer is subject to relevant laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the impact of an employer's commitment to parental leave policies at the Tuesday, Feb. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee. Panel members include past Chancellors Jane Leslie Dalton and Deborah R. Willig, along with Wanda Flowers and Laura C. Mattiacci.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

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.

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

CLE Program Sponsored by the Federal Courts Committee & YLD

Course Planners:

Ellen Meriwether, Esq.
Cafferty Faucher LLP

Stephanie J. Mensing, Esq.
Mensing Law LLC

Featured Panelists:

Honorable Legrome D. Davis
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Honorable Timothy J. Savage
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Moderator:

Stephanie J. Mensing, Esq.
Mensing Law LLC

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.

This program will take place on Wednesday, March 21 in the Philadelphia Bar Associaiton 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here for more information and to register.

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.

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.

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