Eight Seek Seven Seats
on YLD Executive Committee

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. This year, eight candidates are seeking election to seven seats available on the YLD Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year terms. The candidates are Katie L. Bailey, Vincent N. Barbera, Grant Berger, Melanie S. Carter, Leo M. Mulvihill Jr., Melinda M. Previtera, Brandon R. Sher and Keely J. Stewart...READ MORE

YLD Holiday Party Dec. 12 at Bru

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

AIDS Law Project Silver Ball Nov. 7

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold "The Silver Ball - 25 Years of Justice" on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect an evening of camaraderie, entertainment, great food and drinks. Tickets are $100 per person. For ticket info call 215.587.9377 or visit aidslawpa.org.



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Eight Seek Seven Seats on YLD Executive Committee

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. This year, eight candidates are seeking election to seven seats available on the YLD Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year terms.

The candidates are Katie L. Bailey, Vincent N. Barbera, Grant Berger, Melanie S. Carter, Leo M. Mulvihill Jr., Melinda M. Previtera, Brandon R. Sher and Keely J. Stewart.

Only members in good standing of the Association’s Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2012 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 10 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 26.

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; White and Williams, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800; and Margolis Edelstein, 170 S. Independence Square W., The Curtis Center, Suite 400E.

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

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.

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

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.

Negrin, Diaz at Nov. 8 Leadership Institute

Richard Negrin, deputy mayor and city managing director and Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO, will be the featured speakers at the Friday, Nov. 8 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program.

The program, co-Sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, 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.

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.

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