YLD Comedy Night with Myq Kaplan
May 9 at Helium Benefits Bar Foundation

The Young Lawyers Division will present an Evening of Comedy that Cares on Thursday, May 9 at Helium Comedy Club with comedian Myq Kaplan, a finalist in "Last Comic Standing" in 2010...READ MORE

34th Annual Bar Association
5K Run/Walk Sunday, May 19

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the 34th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 19 along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive...READ MORE



PA Bar WIP Annual Conference May 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 20th Annual Conference "You and the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession: Opportunities and Challenges" will be held Thursday, May 9 at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh. The luncheon keynote speaker is women's rights and public interest advocate Sandra Fluke, a Pennsylvania native who received national attention last year following her testimony regarding birth control before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Click here for more information.

Spring into Pro Bono Action CLE May 14

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, Pennsylvania Bar Association President Tom Wilkinson and President-Elect Forest Myers have made the expansion of pro bono legal services to the poor a priority for 2013. Join them and an all-star cast of civil legal aid and pro bono professionals for a Tuesday, May 14 statewide pro bono conference and CLE program sponsored by the PBA's Legal Services to the Public Committee in conjunction with PBI to see a variety of ways you might answer this call to service and fulfill our aspirational duty to render public interest legal service. Click here for more information.

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Marketing Corner Leverage Summer Months to Grow Network

By Kimberly Alford Rice
With the summer months upon us, it is too easy to be lulled into a sense of complacency and slack off on targeted business development initiatives. Avoid the temptation and leverage these next several months with a concentrated effort to build and strengthen your network.

Contact lists - gotta have them - and you should be growing them.

If there is one element in the business development arsenal that is fatal to ignore or not attend to faithfully, it is the contact list. This is and will be the foundation of your practice for many years ahead. Why, you may ask? Well, put simply: no list equals no connections and communications with friends, peers, industry contacts, prospects and ultimately, no clients.

In my practice, particularly with newer attorneys, I hear consistently: "I do not have a list, how (or why) do a get one?" and "I don’t know anyone to add to a list." Unless you live in a cave on a deserted island, you have all the tools you need to grow your own quality contact list.
To be clear, a contact list should be comprised of a group of people who are interested, engaged and willing to both talk about and share your messages. These most likely will include:
• Friends and family
• School classmates (law school, college, high school, etc.)
• Peers and former co-workers
• Contacts from former clerkships
• Professional contacts (YLD members, Chamber YP contacts, etc.)
• Association contacts
• Community contacts
• Holiday card recipients, and so on
In short, most people with whom you come in contact who also have a network of contacts.

Living in the age of social media, it has never been easier to develop a network, professional and personal. We all "know" people and they "know" people, etc. Point being, it is imperative to "collect" contacts as you move along your career, even as early as "day one" as a lawyer.

Too many lawyers I coach sadly make the mistake of omission of not focusing on their list as soon as they start their legal career. Five or more years later when they realize they need to concentrate on expanding their network and educate their contacts to the legal services they provide, they find that they can't put the "toothpaste back into the tube" of individuals with whom they have lost touch.

Take advantage of the Summer months to get and stay connected with your growing network. It is one of the most impactful business development initiatives in which you can engage.

Kimberly Alford Rice (kimberly@klamarketing.net) is principal of KLA Marketing Associates.

YLD Comedy Night with Myq Kaplan May 9 at Helium

The Young Lawyers Division will present an Evening of Comedy that Cares on Thursday, May 9 at Helium Comedy Club with comedian Myq Kaplan, a finalist in "Last Comic Standing" in 2010.

Kaplan has appeared on the "Tonight Show," the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Comedy Central Presents," and "Conan," among others. His CD, "Vegan Mind Meld," was one of iTunes' 10 best-selling comedy albums in 2010.

"The Comedians" magazine calls him "a comedy machine, in the best possible way. The way that some machines vend soda or prevent other machines from killing future revolutionaries - that's how Myq Kaplan does comedy: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly."

The event includes open bar and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Helium Comedy Club is located at 2031 Sansom St. The last day to purchase tickets is May 7. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after May 7. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sponsors include Leadership Gift - Blank Rome LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Volpe and Koenig, P.C.. Partnership Gift - Cozen O'Connor; Fox Rothschild LLP; and Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. Friendship Gift - Chimicles & Tikellis LLP; Dilworth Paxson LLP; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.; Martin LLC; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; Radwell International, Inc.; Scarab Consulting; and White and Williams LLP. Fellowship Gift - Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C.; Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross; Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Von Seldeneck at Chancellor's Leadership Institute May 13

Join us for our Monday, May 13 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program, as we welcome Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder, Chair and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. Click here to register.

For 35 years, Mrs. von Seldeneck has been a pioneer in the search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates. She will discuss the value that she and her award-winning firm place on high-potential leaders with diverse perspectives and unique views, and share her personal journey and reflections on leadership. An audience Q&A opportunity will follow.

Mrs. von Seldeneck has received many industry and community awards and has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. She was one of two founders of the Forum of Executive Women more than 30 years ago which today is the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia area. Prior to starting Diversified, Mrs. von Seldeneck served in Washington, D.C. as executive assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the 
Philadelphia Bar Association
, 1101 Market St. 
There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

34th Annual Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 19

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the 34th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 19 along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

This is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in Philadelphia. The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Many different competition divisions are available, including open run, individual run, Bar Association, legal team, corporate team, male and female and age groups. Law firms and companies may enter 5K Run teams. For an application contact Michael Berkowitz at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com or 215-567-2010 (ext 132). Deadline for team registration is May 11.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group and the overall male and female winners. A $300 prize will be awarded to any Philadelphia Bar Association runner who can defeat 13-time defending champion Neill W. Clark. The prize is sponsored by Neill's friends at Philadelphia Runner. All participants who complete the Run or Walk will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt.

Children ages 5-10 will love running in the free Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash. The 200-yard non-competitive Kids' Dash begins immediately after the Run/Walk start. All participants will receive a Race give-a-way. Child-friendly activities offered all morning. Registration is required for each child. A parent or guardian must be present.

Online registration is available at active.com. For more information, visit phillybarcharityrun.com.

Donate Sneakers at May 19 5K Run/Walk

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee is partnering with Community Recycling ShoeBox Recycling for sneaker donations at this year's 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

All of the proceeds from your sneaker donations will go to the SCCA.

Simply bring any unwanted sneakers to the event on Sunday, May 19 and drop them off in one of the collection boxes. For shoes that can be repurposed, consider putting a note and your email address into one of the shoes to track their trek via ShoeBox Recycling's SoleMate program.

E-mail us at GreenRibbon@PhilaBar.org with any questions.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Due May 8

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2013 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal 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 8 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 2012-13 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.
The chair of the competition is Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a future Bar Association event, at which time the award will be presented.

Submit entries to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, call 215-238-6367 or email dpetit@philabar.org.

Maximizing Talk Shows and Roundtables May 16

Join award-winning Philadelphia region broadcasting and print trailblazers who will discuss the unique challenges of producing and hosting talk shows and roundtables on legal topics at the Thursday, May 16 meeting of the Bar News-Media Committee.

Our all-star panel will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues, while providing attendees with insights on how they may become better resources and/or interview subjects. Panelists include Rachel Cieri, managing editor, SmartCEO Magazine; Lynn Doyle, host/executive producer of "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" on The Comcast Network; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher & editor-in-chief, The Legal Intelligencer; and Wally Kennedy, news anchor, KYW Newsradio. The moderator is Gina Furia Rubel, chair of the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group and begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, PPRA and DVLFMG. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Young, Diverse Attorneys at May 21 Leadership Institute

Join us as we present "Young, Diverse and Gifted: The Next Generation of Legal Leaders," a panel highlighting young, diverse attorneys who are doing significant things in the legal community on Tuesday, May 21. Our panelists will share their career paths, tips for success and practical advice. An audience Q&A opportunity will follow.

Panelists include Angela D. Giampolo, president, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia; Kevin Harden Jr., member, Executive Board, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; Neil C. Maskeri, president, South Asian Bar Association; Teresa M. Rodriguez, Board Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania; and Kay Kyungsun Yu, Member, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association. The program will be moderated by Nikki Johnson-Huston, Diversity Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

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