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

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

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bar Academy at Academy of Vocal Arts May 2

Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres in the company of the opera stars of the future in the bamboo-enclosed courtyard of The Academy of Vocal Arts on Wednesday, May 2. At 6:15 p.m., guests will be welcomed into the AVA's historic Helen Corning Warden Theater where Resident Artists will perform a selection of songs from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) which runs onstage through May 13. Afterward, guests can mingle with the performers and learn the behind-the-scenes details of the world of opera.

The program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. Tickets are $20 for Association members and guests. Registration deadline is Friday, April 27. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

To send program suggestions, please email Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Barristers Awards, Scholarship Dinner May 18

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will host its Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Friday, May 18 at The Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., beginning at 6 p.m.

This year's Award recipients are: Danielle Banks, of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, winner of the J. Austin Norris Award; Charles Cunningham, of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, winner of the Cecil B. Moore Award; and U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, winner of The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Award.

Scholarships will also be presented to local law students. For more information please visit www.phillybarristers.com or contact Amber Racine at aracine@anapolschwartz.com.

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