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

ABA YLD Assembly Passes Resolution Endorsed by Philadelphia Bar YLD, Drafted and Debated by YLD Executive Committee Member

YLD Executive Committee member Joshu Harris found himself in the exciting position of shuttling a resolution through passage at this year’s ABA YLD Midyear Assembly in New Orleans.

Harris was appointed by the Speaker of the ABA YLD Assembly (a policymaking parliamentary body) to the Resolutions Committee, which serves to propose, research, draft, edit and debate resolutions, both on its own and in conjunction with YLD members.READ MORE

Berry to Present Higginbotham Lecture June 26

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Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon sponsored by PNC Wealth Management...READ MORE

YLD Night at the Phillies July 20

It's YLD night at the Phillies! Come cheer on our favorite ball team as they take on the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m. Registration includes a ticket behind home plate in sections 419, 420 or 421 and a pre-game party at the all new XFinity Live! from 5 - 7 p.m. which includes a ballpark tailgate with beer and wine. This event is sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

Only a limited number of tickets are available and must be purchased by a Member of the Association (maximum 3 guests per member). All tickets must be purchased by June 20 and all sales are final. Click here to register.

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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.

Berry to Present Higginbotham Lecture June 26

Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Tuesday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 75-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Dr. Berry is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written numerous books including "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House." Dr. Berry was also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement, which initiated protests at the South African Embassy in the successful struggle for democracy in South Africa. She was arrested and jailed several times in the cause.

Tickets for the June 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $55 for Bar Association members and $70 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

ABA YLD Assembly Passes Resolution Endorsed by Philadelphia Bar YLD, Drafted and Debated by YLD Executive Committee Member

YLD Executive Committee member Joshu Harris found himself in the exciting position of shuttling a resolution through passage at this year’s ABA YLD Midyear Assembly in New Orleans.

Harris was appointed by the Speaker of the ABA YLD Assembly (a policymaking parliamentary body) to the Resolutions Committee, which serves to propose, research, draft, edit and debate resolutions, both on its own and in conjunction with YLD members.

In that capacity, Harris and a few other committee members were selected to investigate a resolution with respect to the Democracy Restoration Act, ex-felon reenfranchisement legislation that is pending in both houses of Congress.

After researching the issue thoroughly, Harris noticed that the DRA has two problems: first, it would require a change in the electoral regimes of a supermajority of states and second, it only covers federal elections, and would thus leave state and local elections without a nationwide legal baseline.

Harris noted however that the DRA does have some beneficial features in that it would enhance election integrity by creating a nationwide legal baseline for ex-felon reenfranchisement as well as notification requirements designed to prevent confusion as to the availability and process for reenfranchisement, which is both widespread and well documented.

One issue that Harris encountered while working on the resolution was that the ABA had a Criminal Justice Standard, approved by the House of Delegates, a parliamentary body that makes policy for the entire ABA, but that Standard was incongruent with the official commentary accompanying it. The Standard, like the DRA, allows disenfranchisement only during imprisonment. However, all of the facts and arguments contained in the commentary, much like those collected in the report that accompanies the YLD resolution, support reenfranchisement only after successful completion of sentence.

Accordingly, the YLD resolution drafted by Harris urged state and local governments to take steps to establish a national baseline of automatic reenfranchisement upon completion of sentence for the purposes of all elections, along with mandatory notification of reenfranchisement by relevant government authorities. However as a baseline, it does not restrict states from according voting rights in excess of the proposed baseline.

Upon drafting the resolution Harris sought the support of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s YLD Executive Committee. The resolution was discussed and debated at the January 23rd meeting and the YLD EC voted to support the resolution.

At the YLD Assembly at the ABA Mid-year Meeting on February 3rd Harris acted as the chief proponent speaker for the resolution with the assistance of a second proponent speaker from Texas's delegation. After lively discussion and debate the resolution was passed and Harris was singled out for thanks, as was the Philadelphia YLD, in the ABA YLD Mid-year Meetings Report.

Harris recommends that other young lawyers become involved in the ABA, advising, "Philadelphia lawyers have an outstanding track record of ABA leadership, in the YLD and beyond. I am particularly indebted to ABA YLD Administrative Director Rachel Kopp, who recommended me for appointment to the Assembly speaker's resolutions team." For information on ABA involvement please contact YLD ABA liaisons Daniel McKenna (mckennad@ballardspahr.com) or Rachel Kopp (rekopp@gmail.com).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Project H.O.M.E.'s 2012 Young Leaders Event May 16

Join Project H.O.M.E. on May 16, 2012 for an evening of networking with the region's young leaders at Philadelphia's dynamic waterfront—compliments of Urban Outfitters. For the sixth year in a row, young leaders from the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors will come together to benefit the programs of Project H.O.M.E. Click here for more information and to register.

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