Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. This year's YLD Executive Committee election will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10. For those wishing to learn more about the YLD and the election process, an information session will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St...READ MORE

Family Fun Day Sponsored by YLD
Sept. 21 in Fairmount Park

Join us for Family Fun Day sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse on Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park...READ MORE

Board Observer Program Seeks Young Lawyers

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has developed the Board Observation Program, an initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their future careers...READ MORE

PILCOP Symposium Sept. 12 on Privatization

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia's 2013 Symposium on Equality will feature panels and presentations that delve into the debate over privatizing government services using health care, land management and education as examples. Click here for more information on this Thursday, Sept. 12 program.

Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech Sept. 19

The Solo and Small Firm Committee, the Brehon Law Society and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present "Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech," at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 23rd Floor, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m...READ MORE

L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry
at Sept. 19 Leadership Program

Jill Eikenberry, one of the stars of the long-running television series "L.A. Law" will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 19 Chancellor’s Leadership Institute program...READ MORE



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Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. This year's YLD Executive Committee election will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10. For those wishing to learn more about the YLD and the election process, an information session will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St.

This is a free event for members of the YLD, however registration is required in advance. Attendees are also invited to attend the YLD Executive Committee meeting at 12 p.m. to sit in on one of the Executive Committee meetings. The information session will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Click here to register for the information session.

Each year, seven new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the YLD is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 37-years-old or less in the year 2016 or, if he/she is older than 37, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2016.

The Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's approximately 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee provides lawyers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth early in their careers.

The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to Dawn Petit, Meetings Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org, no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Gormley on Watergate at Bench-Bar; Register Early and Save

Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken Gormley will discuss the 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon during the Opening Luncheon at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. Association members who register before Sept. 13 can save $80! Click here to register.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 CLE seminars that will be offered. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub. Prices for the 2013 edition of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference are being kept at 2012 levels.

In addition, we are pleased to offer a special REVEL hotel room group rate to our Bench-Bar attendees. A rate of $179 plus tax is available Friday, Oct. 4 and a limited number of rooms are available at $149 plus tax for Thursday, Oct. 3. You must be a registered attendee of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference in order to reserve a room at the group rate. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive instructions on how to make your room reservation.

Sponsors for the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity; The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; iDiscovery Solutions; Insurance Adjustment Bureau, Inc; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; LexisNexis; Love Court Reporting; M. Burr Keim Company; Robson Forensic, Inc.; State Civil Litigation Section; US Claims Inc; and Wilkie Lexus. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Scholarships Available for Bench-Bar at Revel

Scholarships to the 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, October 4-5 at REVEL Resort in Atlantic City are available by lottery to Association Members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 4 at Revel as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced on Sept. 10 via email.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Ethics, Duties of Serving on Board of Directors Oct. 2

The YLD will present the Live, Lunch and Learn CLE Program "The Professional Ethics and Duties of a Lawyer Serving on a Board of Directors" on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

This CLE seminar focuses on what every attorney who acts as a board member/director or an attorney for a nonprofit board needs to understand about his or her professional and ethical responsibilities. Specifically, the program will address a lawyer's professional duties and the potential conflicts that may arise when lawyers serve on boards of nonprofit organizations, including, understanding the fiduciary duties imposed upon nonprofit directors and whether the dual member/attorney role may compromise the lawyer's independence of professional judgment. Speaker Michael L. Temin will also review ethics opinions involving lawyers serving on boards of nonprofit organizations.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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 and registration begin 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.

Chancellor's Forum - Changing Parameters of Diversity Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Chancellor's Forum "The Changing Parameters of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession" on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The featured speaker is Sandra S. Yamate, CEO, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. She will be joined by Sophia Lee, chief litigation counsel at Sunoco and co-chair of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and Philadelphia Bar Association Corporate In-House Counsel Committee and secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Wesley R. Payne IV, partner, White and Williams LLP and co-chair of Philadelphia Diversity Law Group as well as treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel; and Brennan J. Torregrossa, in-house counsel, Glaxo SmithKline and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Corporate In-House Counsel Committee. The program will be moderated by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Established in 2009, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) is one of the newer organizations establish-ed to devote its energies and focus its efforts at creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. With its motto, "Real change. Now," IILP has been asking hard questions and undertaking research and programming aimed at finding answers to those questions. Yamate will provide an overview of IILP's work, explaining how it supplements and supports the diversity leadership offered by groups like the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, and minority and women's bar associations, highlighting some of its research findings, and sharing insights into the most recent and cutting edge diversity and inclusion developments that IILP has been observing within the legal profession.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Registration is free at philadelphiabar.org.

First Amendment Issues, High School Conduct CLE Sept. 12

First Amendment issues and competing considerations in public schools' regulating off-campus conduct of high school students will be the focus of a Thursday, Sept. 12 CLE program sponsored by the Education Law Committee, Appellate Courts Committee and Federal Courts Committee.

Panelists include Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge D. Brooks Smith; U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro; Robert L. Byer and Sean R. Sullivan. The program will be moderated by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

This program will use a mock appellate argument as a means of discussing the issues that can arise when public high schools attempt to regulate off-campus conduct by students. These issues are the subject of debate and adjudications have resulted in divergent views among various trial and appellate courts. The mock argument will be followed by a general discussion of the issues by the participants.

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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech

The Solo and Small Firm Committee, the Brehon Law Society and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present "Presenting Your Personal Brand After the Death of the Elevator Speech," at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 23rd Floor, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The speakers are Gina Furia Rubel, past chancellor of The Justinian Society and president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, and former sports broadcaster, academic All American, and member of the Villanova 1985 basketball championship team, Mark Plansky.

This is a great opportunity to learn various ways to communicate your personal and corporate brands both online and offline - from strategic use of social media to in-person networking. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program but RSVP is required and space is limited. Please contact Siobhan Lyons at siobhan@brehonlawsociety.org, Maureen Farrell at mfarrellesq@verizon.net, or John Sullivan at jsullivan@vklaw.com to register for the program.

Legal Advice Live! Volunteers Needed

Volunteer attorneys are needed for upcoming Legal Advice Live! events throughout the city. The dates and locations are as follows:

• Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Monday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m.
• Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m.
• Donatucci Branch of the Free Library, 1935 Shunk St., Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m.
• Murphy Recreation Center, 300 W. Shunk St., Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
• Lucien E. Blackwell Branch of the Free Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Vogelbacker (mvogelbacker@reedsmith.com), Charece Collins (ccollins@wglaw.com) and Stephanie Mensing (stephanie@mensinglaw.com) are soliciting volunteer attorneys. Contact them to volunteer.

At Legal Advice Live, attorneys 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.

Family Fun Day Sponsored by YLD Sept. 21 in Fairmount Park

Join us for Family Fun Day sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse on Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park.

Enjoy pizza, fruit, cookies, soft drinks and face painting with your families and colleagues at the 6.5-acre playground that features a giant wooden slide and more than 50 pieces of playground equipment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 16,000-square-foot playhouse, designed for children age 5 and younger, gives them a chance to drive a train, cook in the kitchen, ride tricycles and much more! The park and pavilion are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 10 will be admitted free. Click here to register.

L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry at Sept. 19 Leadership Program

Jill Eikenberry, one of the stars of the long-running television series "L.A. Law" will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 19 Chancellor’s Leadership Institute program.

Eikenberry played lawyer Ann Kelsey and earned four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She played opposite her husband Michael Tucker in the series.

She co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC titled "Destined to Live," which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. She battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives.

Join us for a candid conversation with Eikenberry about playing a woman lawyer on network television in a groundbreaking role, being married to a lawyer on television, and life as a breast cancer survivor as well as an activist for breast cancer research and early detection.

The program begins at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. Admission is $25 for Bar Association members and $35 for non-members. Click here to register.

This Chancellor's Leadership Institute program is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support and The Dispute Resolution Institute.

ACE Committee Annual Meeting, CLE Sept. 26

The Advancing Civics Education Committee (ACE) will hold its annual meeting and CLE program on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program will include instruction, role play, a refresher for returning volunteers and orientation for new volunteers.

ACE is a partnership with public schools in Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education - in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution - to ninth-grade public school students. An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. ACE brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our commonwealth and our rapidly changing world. Click here for more information.

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