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...READ MORE

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...READ MORE

Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers Needed

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual Harvest for the Homeless program. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Ballard Spahr LLP. We'll be collecting and sorting donations of men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as non-perishable items...READ MORE

Practicing Business Law Panel for Law Students and First Years Oct. 30

So you think you want to practice business law. What does this really mean and how does it look in the day-to-day? The Business Law Section along with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association presents our Practicing Business Law Panel for Law Students and First Years. Come hear from an esteemed group of lawyers practicing business law in various capacities here in Philadelphia. Learn about their paths to success, the challenges they face, how the legal landscape is changing and where you will find the jobs of tomorrow. Get answers to questions like what experience firms look for in job candidates and what are the keys to a successful first year in business law. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for networking with our panelists and other attendees. The presentation will take place at the offices of Dechert, LLP from 5 to 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to ashea@griesinglaw.com.

Edward Beitz (from left), Brandon Sher, Dainel Gillin, Maria Harris and Todd Zamostien were among the volunteers for Legal Advice Live! at the Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library in North Philadelphia on Sept. 26 where they offered free legal advice.



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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.

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.

Craft Beer in Philadelphia Oct. 16 at Yards

The Young Lawyers Division and the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is pleased to present "Craft Beer in Philadelphia - from the Cradle of American Libation to the East Coast's Craft Beer Mecca" on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave.

Join us as we take a look at how Philadelphia developed into one of the nation's preeminent beer cities, the city's part in the American craft beer explosion, and the future of craft beer in the city. Our distinguished panelists include Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack); Tom Kehoe, Founder, Brewmaster and President of Yards Brewing Company; Trevor Prichett, Yards Chief Operating Officer; Adam Ritter, Owner, The Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork; Kristy Littman, Attorney and Co-Founder of PhillyTapFinder.com; and panel moderator Matthew Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Registration is $20 for Bar Association members and $15 for YLD members and includes beer from Yards and pizza and baked goods from Kermit's Bake Shoppe. Spots are limited, register today! Click here to register.

Bench-Bar Registration Ends Oct. 1

A total of 7 CLE credits and 22 seminars are available at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The final day to register is Tuesday, Oct. 1. Click here to register.

A new addition to this year's conference will be a Law Practice Management track among the 22 CLE seminars that will be offered. Seminars are being offered by the Business Litigation Committee, Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, Civil Legal Justice Coalition, Criminal Justice Section, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Family Law Section, Insurance Programs Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee, Public Interest Section, State Civil Litigation Section, Women in the Profession Committee, Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Friday night reception at Revel's HQ nightclub.

Ken Gormley, dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, who will discuss the 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon at the Opening Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4.

The two-day 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.

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; Esquire Deposition Solutions; Frankly Legal; JAMS, The Resolution Experts; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support; Lexis Nexis; 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.

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.

Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Young Lawyers Division will present the Board Observer CLE program "The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service" on Monday, Oct. 21.

This CLE program address the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws, and will feature a panel of executive directors and current nonprofit board members. Our faculty will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the laws governing nonprofits, as well as focus on practical applications and how fiduciary duties come into play in the course of an individual's membership on a nonprofit board.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 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 $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

YLD Bootcamp Oct. 25

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at the fourth annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Oct. 25 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. The topics and presenters for the 2013 YLD Bootcamp are:

Interview Skills with Judge Charles A. Ehrlich, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division; Joseph C. Bedwick, Hiring Partner & Member, Cozen O Connor; Jennifer Henfy, Executive Director of Career Strategy and Advancement, Villanova University School of Law; Austin Freundlich, Partner, Freundlich & Littman LLC; and Jason Mandel, Director of Legal Recruitment, Alevistar Group, LLC.

Advice from the Bench with Judge Gary S. Glazer, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division; Judge Juan R. Sanchez, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Judge David R. Strawbridge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Considerations Before Starting Your Own Solo Practice or Small Firm with John E. Savoth, Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; Leo Mulvihill, Mulvihill & Rushie; and Richard K. Washington, R.K. Washington, Jr. & Associates.

You Passed the Bar, Now What?: How to Succeed in Your First Year As an Attorney, and How to Gain Experience in a Down Economy with Tami Wible, Associate General Counsel and Managing Attorney, Drexel University Office of the General Counsel; Russell Lieberman, Associate, White and Williams, LLP; Gail Weilheimer, Senior Counsel, Wisler Pearlstine, LLP; and Donald Ladd, Partner, Chair of Healthcare Litigation, White and Williams, LLP.

The cost is just $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day. After the event concludes, we hope that you will be able to join us for a YLD Networking Happy Hour at the Field House, 1150 Filbert St. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum - Future of the Legal Profession Oct. 9

Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Law & Reorder, will be the moderator for the Chancellor's Forum "The Future of the Legal Profession: How Will Law Firms, Clients and Law Schools Embrace Change?" on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Co-sponsored by Large Firm Management Committee, Medium Size Management Committee and the Young Lawyers Division, the forum will include discussion on the following questions: How are clients driving shifts in the legal market and a new delivery of legal services? How are law firms responding to the changing demands of clients and the larger marketplace; Are law schools preparing law students to graduate as practice-ready lawyers? What recommendations by the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education should be adopted? How can young attorneys become change agents in the legal profession.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum on Human Rights Oct. 22

The Oct. 22 Chancellor's Forum "Putting Power Behind the Prose: Using International Human Rights Law to Influence American Jurisprudence and Policy" will cover how international human rights law works, in theory and practice.

Specifically, it will look at the development of human rights treaties, with an overview of the major treaties that the United States has ratified, their implementing mechanisms, and how lawyers have used those mechanisms in their own advocacy as a tool to influence policy and action at all levels of government. The panel will instruct the audience as to techniques used to domestically implement international human rights norms with a particular focus on recent Bar Association resolutions adopting principles of international human rights treaties on discrimination against women and homelessness. The program is co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Committee.

Speakers for the program are Eric Tars, director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Sarah Paoletti, director of the Transnational Legal Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law; and Beth Lyon, director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic of the Villanova University School of Law.

One substantive CLE credit will be available for this program which begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A reception featuring international wines will follow the event. Register online for this event at pbi.org.

Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers Needed

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual Harvest for the Homeless program. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 9 at Ballard Spahr LLP. We'll be collecting and sorting donations of mens', women's and children's clothing, as well as non-perishable items.

Once the items are sorted, we'll deliver them to local homeless shelters. So far, the following firms have agreed to participate - Martin LLC, 1818 Market Street, 35th Floor; and Griesling Law, 1717 Arch St., Suite 3630.

We're looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firms. We'll also need volunteers on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bob Zimmerman at rzimmerman@smbb.com or Alyk Oflazian at aoflazian@kmllawgroup.com.

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