YLD Networking Happy Hour July 22 at Finn McCool's

Join your friends and colleagues for a YLD Networking Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 22 at Finn McCool's Ale House, 118 S. 12th St. at 5:30 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Complimentary appetizers and drink specials will be available. RSVP not required. The YLD Networking Happy Hour is sponsored by TransPerfect.

July 24 Chancellor's Forum on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

The number of children entering the U.S. without their parents has grown steadily over the last four years, increasing 300 percent since 2011. It is predicted that 90,000 immigrant children will cross the border without their parents this year. Join us at a Thursday, July 24 Chancellor's Forum for the discussion "Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: The Humanitarian Crisis Not Just at Our Borders."...READ MORE

ACS Bike-a-thon July 13

Join the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon Sunday, July 13 as cyclists and volunteers from the local community and beyond come together under the inspirational theme "Who are you riding for?" Together we can fight cancer, a disease that affects one in four people. To register today or to find out more information about the 42nd Annual Bike-a-thon visit acsbike.org.

Trial of a Federal Court Case CLE July 23

Watch a trial unfold from opening statements through jury deliberations at PBI's "Trial of a Federal Court Case" on Wednesday, July 23. At this program, discover what most influenced the jury and gain insight from an experienced jury consultant. There will be Q&A time with jurors after the verdict and discover how personal styles of lawyers and witnesses impact the jury. Registration for this program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.





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July 24 Chancellor's Forum on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

The number of children entering the U.S. without their parents has grown steadily over the last four years, increasing 300 percent since 2011. It is predicted that 90,000 immigrant children will cross the border without their parents this year. Join us at a Thursday, July 24 Chancellor's Forum for the discussion "Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: The Humanitarian Crisis Not Just at Our Borders."

These children are fleeing for a complicated set of reasons including gang violence and domestic violence, lack of governmental protections in their home countries and long time separation from family members, some in temporary lawful immigration status in the U.S. A number of children reside in the Philadelphia region. This humanitarian crisis presents important challenges for the legal community as the children have immigration and family law matters that will require understanding of the unique issues facing these children in family/dependency courts and commitment of pro bono resources. The forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about the issue.

Speakers for the program include Nicole Boehner, UNHCR Protection Associate; Elizabeth Yaeger, HIAS PA; Peter Gottemoller, MSW from Lutheran Children and Family Services; Steve Larin, Nationalities Service Center; and Cathi Tillman, LSW, executive director, La Puerta Abierta.

Program co-sponsors include Esperanza Immigration Legal Services; HIAS Pennsylvania; Juvenile Law Center; La Puerta Abierta; Nationalities Service Center; Public Interest Section; Criminal Justice Section; Family Law Section; Immigration Law Committee; Lutheran Children and Family Service; Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition; Support Center for Child Advocates; United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia; and AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program but registration is required. Click here to register.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Public Interest Summer Reception July 22

The Law School Outreach Committee for the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will host
 the Annual Philadelphia Summer Public Interest Reception on Tuesday, July 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.


Generously hosted and sponsored this year by Pepper Hamilton LLP,
this event celebrates of the work of law students spending their summer in public interest and public service organizations in and around Philadelphia and
provides an opportunity for students to network with each other and with attorneys from public interest organizations and government agencies. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Registration is free and open to all interested law students and public interest/public sector attorneys, but registration is required by Tuesday, July 15 at 3 pm.
Click here to register online. For more information, contact Lisa Hurlbutt at lisa.hurlbutt@temple.edu.

Get Organized and Get Things Done July 9

Nationally known productivity consultant, Irwin Karp, presents invaluable, humorous and easy-to-apply strategies for organizing yourself and your workload at a CLE program on Wednesday, July 9.

Discover how to manage paper, documents and email overload and develop effective systems for processing these items quickly. Identify practical, time-saving techniques and learn to eliminate distractions such as lengthy phone conversations and drop-in visitors. Develop systems for keeping track of information and tasks to better prioritize your workload. Establish clear communication skills with your colleagues, staff and clients and also learn the art of delegating effectively.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Major Trends Affecting Office Workplace July 15

Are the lines between work, play and home getting blurred because of technology? In the "Major Trends Affecting the Office Workplace," program of the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series on Tuesday, July 15, real estate experts Carol Huff and John Gattuso will discuss the Comcast Innovation Technology Center and what changes might be coming to office layouts.

Huff, principal at Huff Equities, has spent more than 35 years in the commercial real estate business. During this time, she has saved her clients tens of millions of dollars in lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

John Gattuso is Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Liberty Property Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts specializing in office and industrial properties. At Liberty, Gattuso is responsible for operations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. His current project roster includes the redevelopment of a significant portion of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard as well as the 59-story, 1,121-foot-high, 1.6-million-square foot Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.

There is no cost to attend this program, which 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 and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Nine Principles of Litigation CLE July 18

Michael Tigar brings 40 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts across the country and in foreign lands. Of his career, Justice William J. Brennan has written that his "tireless striving for justice stretches his arms toward perfection." Tigar will make you laugh and he will remind you why you wanted to be a lawyer in the first place when he presents the CLE program "The Nine Principles of Litigation…and Perhaps of Life" on Friday, July 18.

Lawyers who should be taking their cases to trial accept "case management" techniques designed to prevent trials and promote quick settlements. Tigar's compelling and practical ideas about litigation, champion his firm belief that lawyering can be “exciting, heroic and moral.” The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

International Law Committee Meeting July 23

Please join the members of the International Law Committee for an open meeting to discuss the administration of the various relationships the Philadelphia Bar Association has with foreign bar associations.

The Philadelphia Bar Association currently has formal relationships with the bar associations of Lyon, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Montreal, Canada. Our long-standing relationship with the Lyon Bar Association has led to increased ties between the city of Philadelphia and the Rhone Alps region, a successful 17-year-long attorney exchange program, and international business and legal collaboration. Through our relationship with the Lyon Bar, the Manchester Law Society (United Kingdom) has expressed interest in having a friendship agreement with the Philadelphia Bar as well. More agreements with other foreign bar associations may be formalized in the coming year. These relationships are excellent vehicles for business development, sharing of information, and developing international relationships.

Though these relationships have been informally managed within the International Law Committee for years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has asked the International Law Committee to take a more active and official role in managing and expanding these and future relationships. The open committee meeting is intended to get input from members of the committee and Philadelphia Bar Association members at large with an interest in the international legal community on how we can maximize these relationships. Some agenda items include:

  • Identifying key people interested in being a "point person" or generally aiding the development of a relationship with a foreign bar association
  • The development and administration of law student and attorney exchange programs, such as exists currently with the Lyon Bar Association, with an eye toward maintaining connections with the alumni of our exchange programs
  • Discussion on how we can foster the exchange of legal knowledge and educational materials with foreign colleagues
  • Exploring opportunities to coordinate with Philadelphia's business community, international chambers of commerce, and consular corps to maximize these relationships and make Philadelphia more hospitable to foreign legal and business relationships.
  • Identifying ways to evaluate the economic impact of these relationships on our region.

If you are interested in working in a team to help foster and administer these relationships, please join us on July 23rd at noon. All are welcome.

There is no cost to attend this program, which 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 and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

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