YLD Happy Hour with the Camden County Bar Association April 19

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The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Camden County Bar Association invite you to join us at Yakitori Boy on Thursday April 19, from 6-8 pm...READ MORE

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

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Revel, Atlantic City's newest beachfront resort, will host the Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Oct. 5-6. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend... READ MORE

Liacouras Committee to Receive
Bar's Diversity Award March 28;
Barnicle, Rendell to Speak

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Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed in 1970 to investigate allegations of racial discrimination with the Pennsylvania Bar admission process, have been announced as the recipients of the 2012 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. 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 event, with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania...READ MORE

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YLD Happy Hour with the Camden County Bar Association April 19

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Camden County Bar Association invite you to join us at Yakitori Boy on Thursday April 19, from 6-8 pm for a networking happy hour sponsored by AGENT06, LLC, a real estate marketing company, and Woodard Curran. RSVP is not required. Enjoy appetizers, drink specials and Karaoke! The first 60 people will receive a drink ticket good towards beer, house wine and well brand cocktails.

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

Revel, Atlantic City's newest beachfront resort, will host the Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Oct. 5-6. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

The website for the conference, benchbar.philadelphiabar.org, is now up and registration is open.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Revel, with more than 1,800 guest rooms and suites filling 47 floors and more than 6 million square feet of space, officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend.

Among Revel's features is Revelry, located 61 feet above sea level and named for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere, which showcases 12 restaurants, 46 retail shops, nightclubs, dayclubs, an intimate performance space for 700 and 150,000-square-foot casino. The $2.4 billion glass Revel is located on 20 beachfront acres on the Boardwalk between South New Jersey and South Connecticut Avenues.

For sponsorship information, please contact Aimee Cirucci at 215-238-6342 or via email at acirucci@philabar.org. Learn more at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org.

N.J. Offers Electronic Registation System

Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court. The New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection ("Fund") collects the assessment; the money collected supports the Fund, the disciplinary process, the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Board on Continuing Legal Education.

The 2012 registration and payment are now due. The Supreme Court is encouraging lawyers to register and pay electronically by offering a $5 discount of the 2012 fee to those who register and pay online. A $40 late fee will be assessed after April 27 but the $5 discount will still apply.

A User ID and temporary password has been mailed to the address on file for each attorney who has never used the online system. n electronic notice about the on-line system and $5 discount has been sent to each attorney who has previously registered online. To complete your registration and pay online, go to njcourts.com/attyreg, click on "Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center" and follow the on-screen directions.

If you did not receive your log-in information or if you have questions concerning registration and billing, please contact the Fund at (609) 292-8079 or CPF.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

L.E.A.R.N. Education Conference March 31

This inaugural conference brings together innovators from key education disciplines to discuss sector-specific barriers to education reform and generate cross-disciplinary solutions. The Conference aims to equip attendees with the background to develop specific tasks they can accomplish to improve public education. The Conference will foster the development of long-term problem-solving for public education.

This program will take place on Saturday, March 31, and include a day of engaging speakers, sector-specific panel discussions, cross-disciplinary problem-solving workshops, and a networking and career reception. The Conference will be hosted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Click here for more information and to register.

Google and the End of Privacy April 11

Has Google destroyed your Internet privacy? How do companies follow you across the Web with targeted advertisements? Can you do anything to regain some of your online privacy? These questions will be addressed in this Wednesday, April 11 presentation by Dan Giancaterino, Education Services Manager at Jenkins Law Library.

The meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee 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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Liacouras Committee to Be Honored at March 28 Quarterly

Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed in 1970 to investigate allegations of racial discrimination with the Pennsylvania Bar admission process, have been announced as the recipients of the 2012 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed by then-Chancellor Robert M. Landis, included Judge Paul A. Dandridge, Judge Clifford Scott Green, Judge Ricardo C. Jackson, Peter J. Liacouras, Robert J. Reinstein and W. Bourne Ruthrauff.

The Sotomayor Diversity 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.

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 Quarterly Meeting, with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania.

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.

The Quarterly Meeting, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, is sponsored by Love Court Reporting. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Meet the Diverse Media April 11

The Bar-News Media Committee and the Diversity in the Profession Committee will present "Meet the Diverse Media" on Wednesday, April 11.

Panelists include Diego Castellanos of 6ABC; Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer; Lily Sun, Epoch Times Philadelphia; Arturo Varela of Al Dia; and Irv Randolph, managing editor, Philadelphia Tribune. The moderator is Gina Furia Rubel. The panelists will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues while providing attendees with insights on how to become a better resource to the news media. The event will also include a discussion of local news coverage of diversity issues and the intersection of the practice of law.

The meeting 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.

Help Us Present a Successful Law Week 2012, April 30 - May 4

Volunteer lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of Law Week 2012, an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and presented by its Young Lawyers Division through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens. This year's theme is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom."

The weeklong fest, taking place April 30 - May 4, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Kathleen Wilkinson and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2012 co-chairs are Roxane Crowley and Matt Laver.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, April 30

LAL! kicks off the week with dozens of Philadelphia attorneys gathering to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. at various branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Daniel J. Gillin or Jeffrey N. Rosenthal.

Lawyer in the Classroom, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3

This program features lawyers enthusiastically visiting different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Eileen Carroll or Joseph Fantini.

LegalLine, Wednesday, May 2

Free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2. Area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Melanie Taylor.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 4

Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact Shabrei Parker.

"Goldilocks," "The Big Bad Wolf" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" Mock Trials, Friday, May 4

Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at City Hall courtrooms. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in more information on the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Ryan Gatto or Erin Lamb.

Poster and Essay Contests

The 2012 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest is named former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker and offers a $1,000 college scholarship to High School Seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia.

The 2012 Poster Contest is open to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools.

For more information on both contests, click here.

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. 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.

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.

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30, 2012

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network. At last year's convention in Los Angeles, attendees were treated to a line-up of stars, including the former Assistant Secretary of State, appellate litigators with more than 30 Supreme Court cases under their belts, two South Asian federal judges sharing their insight on the bench.

The 2012 Convention promises to deliver even more. Established leaders on the legal scene will highlight panel sessions and deliver keynote addresses. Attendees will find the networking and educational opportunities second to none.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30, 2012 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

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