Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers Needed for Nov. 9

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...READ MORE

Vote Now for Cutest Pets in YLD Photo Contest; Voting Ends Oct. 26

Voting is now open for the YLD Photo Contest. Visit the YLD Facebook page and "like" the cutest pet. The pet with the most likes by 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 will win a $100 gift certificate for his/her owner.

Holiday Party Dec. 12 at Bru - Save the Date

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at Bru Craft & Wurst, 1316 Chestnut St. Stay tuned for more details, including registration.

Judges Needed for Quaker Classic Mock Trial Event Nov. 9-10

Judges are needed for the 11th annual Quaker Classic Tournament on Nov. 9-10, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial organization...READ MORE



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YLD Bootcamp Oct. 25; Happy Hour Follows at Field House

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.

The Happy Hour is co-hosted by the Delaware County Bar Association and Montgomery County Bar Association and begins at 5 p.m. at The Field House. The first 50 attendees will receive a drink ticket and there will also be hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. No registration is required. The reception is sponsored by depositiononline.com.

Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers Needed

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" donation drive. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP. Over the next month, we'll be collecting and sorting donations of men's, 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.

We're looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firm or employer. We'll also need volunteers on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items. So far, the following firms have agreed to participate - Martin LLC, 1818 Market St., 35th Floor; Griesing Law, 1717 Arch St., # 3630; Segal McCambridge, 1818 Market St., Suite 2600; Mensing Law LLC, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 917; Weber Gallagher, 2000 Market St., Suite 1300; Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St.; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, 200 S. Broad St., Suite 500; Weber Gallagher, 2000 Market St., Suite 1300; and White and Williams, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800.

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

How to Handle a Chid Abuse Case Oct. 30

The Support Center for Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Each pro bono attorney is teamed with a staff case handler and assigned one child or sibling group.

The child advocate team conducts home visits, participates in service planning meetings and court hearings. All volunteers must attend this full-day training program on Wednesday, Oct. 30, which includes presentations on the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Services Law, the role of a child advocate in a criminal case, representing parents in Dependency proceedings, service planning, and the dynamics of child abuse.

Our training manual, "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," with the latest Juvenile Act amendments and Juvenile Court rules, is provided to attendees. This course also provides certification for eligibility to receive court-appointed dependency cases. Click here to register online or call 1-800-932-4637

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.

Judges Needed for Quaker Classic Mock Trial Event

Judges are needed for the 11th annual Quaker Classic Tournament on Nov. 9-10, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial organization.

The tournament is one of the nation's most widely recognized mock trial competitions and will be held on Penn's campus. Elite college teams from across the country will compete in this tournament, and Penn Mock Trial is searching for attorneys and law students to volunteer as either Presiding Judges (those who rule on the law objectively) and Scoring Judges (those who assign points based on competitors' performances) for one or more rounds during the tournament.

Each round will proceed like a real trial; two teams, one prosecution and one defense, will each present an opening statement, direct and cross examinations, and a closing argument. Trials are limited to three hours. Both individual and team awards are given based on performance during the tournament.
Please note that breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided on both days, courtesy of Penn Mock Trial.

No previous Mock Trial experience is necessary. During each Judges' Meeting, there will be a short orientation to review the rules for the tournament. There is no limit to how many rounds you may judge, nor is there any specific order to the rounds in which you may participate. Receiving feedback and commentary from experienced law professionals as yourself allows Mock Trial competitors an invaluable opportunity to learn from your knowledge of the law, the Rules of Evidence, and courtroom demeanor. The reviews you provide will prove both formative and invaluable in each competitor's future in Mock Trial, and we hope it will prove rewarding for you as well.

Each member of Penn Mock Trial hopes that you may find time in your schedule to lend us your experience in the legal field throughout this weekend in November. Please contact either Drisana Hughes, the Tournament Director of this year's Quaker Classic, at quakerclassic@pennmocktrial.com if you would like to participate. Please specify which rounds you will be able to attend, and which type of judge (either Presiding or Scoring) you prefer to be.

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