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 - Deadline March 9

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

New Court Reporting Benefit Exclusively for Members

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!...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.

Lawyer Profiles to Help Members Promote Practices

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

"Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles" is a new premium advertising opportunity available exclusively to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $150 a month, with a three-month minimum at signup. After that, the member's credit card will be automatically billed on a monthly basis.

Alternatively, members can join for one year at the special rate of $1,495 and save more than 15 percent off the regular price of $1,800. After the three-month minimum period, members may cancel their Lawyer Profiles subscription at any time without penalty.

To enroll in Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles visit lawyerprofiles.org, or contact Matt Hartman, account manager at ALM, at 215-557-2393, or mhartman@alm.com.

Don't delay: to maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available.

Nominations Sought for Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award - Deadline March 9

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.

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.

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.

YLD Seeks CLE Proposals for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

The YLD is seeking proposals for the continuing legal education courses at the 2012 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. If you have an idea for a CLE you would like to present please submit it to Melanie.Taylor@phila.gov by Monday, March 12th.

Proposals 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.

Position Yourself for Marketing Greatness

By Kimberly Alford Rice

Were you born to be a marketing rock star? When you were in law school, were you thinking “I can’t wait to market myself as a lawyer?”

Chances are no to both of those questions. Guess we could say that marketing is still one of the little dirty secrets to some lawyers when they realize that the best passage to career fulfillment, independence and financial security is to develop their own clients.

Whether or not someone requires a certain number of “marketing” hours from you a month or if you are expressly advised not to worry about getting your own clients, remember you read it here first: if you are in private practice, you are in business for yourself. You are your business, simply speaking.

Remember, rainmakers are not born, but rather trained. Not everyone has the charisma nor is as comfortable as Ed Rendell to work a room but devoting necessary time and energy to determining what activities will be effective for you is an important part of investing in your career.

Learning to promote your practice early on will help you make a lasting impression, develop long-lasting relationships and build a solid book of business. Craft your marketing style to ensure you get noticed and stay top of mind for clients, prospects and fellow attorneys.

Begin with a solid strategic marketing plan, take massive amounts of action over a prolonged period of time and always remember:

 To be successful, consistently provide high quality legal work and superior service to clients and partners of the firm. Ask your clients and colleagues how you’re doing from time to time.
 Clients always come first. Develop a helpful spirit towards them and remember, it’s not about you.
 Take concrete steps to build long-lasting relationships. Give careful thought to how you can do that.

Develop a plan and follow through. The first step to promoting your practice is to write down your goals and objectives on paper. Create a business development plan that is tailored to fit your individual style – not your neighbor’s. Write down realistic steps you can take to support your overall goals. For example, if your goal is to build a reputation as a maritime lawyer, you need to find ways to get in front of those individuals who are in a position to retain you for those services. Several useful marketing tactics may be: 1. Research local maritime professional associations and attend a meeting (before you join) to gain a sense of who attends and the substance of their programming. 2. Research media vehicles in which to author articles/blog posts, etc. to demonstrate your expertise in this special niche practice. 3. Get connected via social media with others associated with everything marine. See how this works?

 Identify a goal
 Develop specific action steps to support your achieving the goals.

In case no one has tipped you off, there is NO magic bullet for building a prosperous practice. Here’s the simple secret: Once you have identified your overall goal(s), developed specific action steps to support achieving your goals then you must (here it comes) devote consistent, persistent massive amount of action over a prolonged period of time to realize marketing success (i.e. clients). THAT’S the SECRET!

Kimberly Alford Rice is principal of KLA Marketing Associates, a business development advisory firm focusing on legal services. As a law marketing authority, Kimberly helps law firms and lawyers develop practical business development and marketing strategies which lead directly to new clients and increased revenues. Additionally, Kimberly provides career management services to lawyers in transition. She may be reached at 609-458-0415 or via email at kimberly@klamarketing.net.


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.

Deadline Extended for 2012 Legal Directory

Attorneys and firm administrators in the greater Philadelphia area - if you have not yet updated your listing for the 2012 Legal Directory, please do so using the personalized url that was provided to you via email. The deadline for listings for the print directory is Friday, March 9.

If you have not received a personalized url, please contact Cristin Stephens at cstephens@alm.com.

To create a brand-new listing, go to phillylegaldirectory.com. The deadline for listings for the print directory is Friday, March 9.

New Court Reporting Benefit Exclusively for Members

The Philadelphia Bar Association is now offering its members a substantial discount on court reporting services offered though Love Court Reporting, Inc. Available exclusively to Association members, the special discounted pricing and other exclusive benefits provide significant saving over standard rates. The larger your needs, the more you save!

Call Love Court Reporting at 215-568-5599 for discount pricing details, and mention your Philadelphia Bar Association membership. Plus, your first transcript is half off the discounted rate!

Love Court Reporting clients receive individualized customer service from the company that was voted "Best of 2011" by readers of The Legal Intelligencer. Available around-the-clock with offices in Center City and the suburbs, Love Court Reporting offers meeting rooms, videography and videoconferencing at a moment's notice.

Love Court Reporting is a full-service company with U.S. and worldwide coverage. Their experienced certified and registered court reporters provide high-quality service including real-time reporting along with a wide range of technical and complex litigation experience. Reporters are strategically located throughout the U.S. This complete coverage allows clients to have a single point of contact for all of their court reporting needs.

Love Court Reporting is the only official provider of discounted court reporting services exclusively for Philadelphia Bar Association members. Discounts only available to counsel taking the deposition in the states Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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.

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