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

Volunteers Needed for Law Week 2012

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Volunteer lawyers are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courts, 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 the YLD...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

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.

Click here for more information and the competition rules.

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. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

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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.

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.

Marketing Corner: 2012 First Quarter Gone -- How Did You Do?

By Kimberly Alford Rice

Looking in the rear view mirror, 25% of 2012 is gone. How have you made out in honoring your commitments to yourself in planning and executing on a marketing action plan to propel your practice development goals forward?

If you haven’t checked off the list of initiatives you intended, now is a good time to stop and evaluate what happened so you can course correct and maximize the remaining 75% of the year.

Consider this:
 Did you manage your time efficiently to get out of the office at least once per week to grab coffee or lunch to cultivate a business relationship and grow your referral network? If not, why not? What’s holding you back?
 Are you fishing where the fish are? Do you know for sure that your chosen networking venues are the most targeted given the spheres of influence you are seeking to penetrate?
 How are you advancing your personal brand? Are you talking so others listen?
 Look at your goals and compare where you are to where you thought you would be at this point. How are you doing? What needs to be changed at this point?
 Examine the tactics supporting your goals. Have you executed well and what has been left undone? What can you double down on in the second quarter to get back on track?

With the best of intentions, often life gets in the way. Many of our clients find that having an accountability partner or coach can be a very productive relationship to forge. Having a partner to brainstorm and troubleshoot with can provide helpful and objective insights from someone who has “been there, done that”. It is through this working relationship that you can develop a targeted action plan and specific steps to take to help you accomplish your 2012 marketing goals. Do you even have a written plan? If not, why not? A professional coach can help you in this process and then guide you through the process to produce measurable results.

Challenge yourself to make 2012 a “go for the gold” kind of year that you can be proud of. Commit yourself to the process of developing a solid practice for greater career fulfillment and autonomy, and financial security. It’s certainly within your reach, if you start today.

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.


Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer April 10

Members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to attend a presentation by Professor Kenneth W. Mack, author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer. Professor Mack will focus his remarks on two Philadelphia lawyers who play a large role in the book: The Honorable Raymond Pace Alexander and Sadie Alexander, Esquire. Immediately following Professor Mack’s presentation attendees are invited to a reception and book signing in the 3rd Floor Gallery. The presentation and reception will be held:
April 10, 2012
Earle Mack School of Law
5:00 – 6:00 – Presentation
6:00 – 7:30 – Reception and Book Signing
R.S.V.P. to mmcgovern@drexel.edu

Tax, Nontax Considerations CLE April 25

The Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "Choice of Entity: A Basic Overview of Tax and Nontax Considerations" on Wednesday, April 25.

When starting a new business, the owner(s) must consider what business form the business should take. One of the primary considerations in making that determination is the taxation of the entity. Various forms are available to the owner, e.g. corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and each entity is taxed differently. Further, within each entity form, different tax elections can be made. This CLE would provide a basic understanding of the various issues to be considered when selecting an entity and how each entity will be taxed for federal income tax purposes. Speakers for the program are Timothy J. Leska and Kristin M. McKenna.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Volunteers Needed for 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.

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.

Bar Members Save 10 Percent on Shen Yun Tickets

After performing to sold-out audiences this season, including at New York City's Lincoln Center, Shen Yun Performing Arts will be returning to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia on May 8 and 9, just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, through magnificent classical Chinese dance and orchestral scores. Ancient legends and modern tales of courage and honor speak to the timeless values and themes among all cultural groups throughout the world. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity for a breathtaking experience!

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive a 10 percent discount when ordering tickets by using the coupon code PBA. Click here to purchase tickets.

Wine & Cheese Networking Event for Law Students April 25

The Philadelphia Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee is hosting a Wine & Cheese Networking Event for law students on Wednesday, April 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The program will be attended by law students and attorneys practicing in the field of intellectual property law. The program will also include brief presentations from attorneys in various work settings who will share some of their experiences in the practice of intellectual property law. This event will provide a unique opportunity for students to speak directly with attorneys practicing in their field of interest.

The Wine & Cheese Event will take place at the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is no cost to attend. In order for the Philadelphia Bar to obtain an estimate of the number of people attending, please RSVP as soon as possible directly to the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to RSVP.

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; Pamela Tsai, senior reporter, Epoch Times Philadelphia; Arturo Varela of Al Dia; and Irv Randolph of the 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.

Conference on Latin America April 12

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Union League the Pan American Association of Philadelphia will hold a luncheon and a conference on Latin America starting at 11:30 a.m.

Experts participating in the conference include General Dennis Fraser, Commander of the United States Southern Command out of Miami, who will be the keynote speaker and Virginia Contreras, former Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS and former personal lawyer of President Chavez. For more information on the program please click here.

Philadelphia Bar Association members are invited to attend the event at the Pan American Association member price.

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