Doctors/Lawyers Explore Debate Over Tort Reform Nov. 1

Learn the truth about our health care system, the prevalence of malpractice, and the merits or flaws of tort reform at the Thursday, Nov. 1 CLE program "Doctors/Lawyers Explore the Debate Over Tort Reform."...READ MORE

Nine Candidates Seek Seven Seats on YLD Executive Committee; Election is Dec. 4

Nine candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 election. The candidates are Philip D. Amoa, T. Justin Chapman, Andrew J. Kornblau, Jim Nixon, Matthew Olesh, Shabrei Parker, Jennifer Russell, Matthew T. Stone and Robert W. Zimmerman. Committee members serve three-year terms...READ MORE

Green Ribbon Committee Tree Planting Nov. 10

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Committee and support the environment by participating in a community tree planting with the Graduate Hospital West Tree Tenders. The planting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Planters will meet at the corner of 22nd and Bainbridge Streets and will be planting trees across the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia. All are welcome, including all family members. No tools or experience necessary. Please email Matt Olesh at molesh@foxrothschild.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Voter ID Law Program Nov. 3

The NBA–Women Lawyers Division will present "PA Voter ID Law: Different Perspectives on a Controversial Law" on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, 3320 Market St., Room 240. Local lawyers will discuss the specifics of the PA Voter ID Law; describe the issues underlying the legislation; and offer perspectives on the legislation and its potential effects. Admission is free for WLD members are $5 for non-members. Please contact Sammetria L. Goodson at Sammetria.goodson@courts.phila.gov for additional information and to register.

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YLD Bootcamp Nov. 16 - Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students, New Lawyers

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at the third 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, Nov. 16 from 12 - 5:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center.

The topics and presenters for the 2012 YLD Bootcamp are:

Interview Skills
• Honorable Charles A. Ehrlich, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
• Dean Angela V. Baker, Rutgers School of Law Student Affairs
• Donald F. Ladd, Partner, White and Williams LLP
• Sabrina Sacks Mann, Sacks Legal Search

Advice from the Bench
• Honorable Charles J. Cunningham, III, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
• Honorable Gary S. Glazer, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
• Honorable Glynnis D. Hill, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division
• Honorable Marie Lihotz, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division

Considerations Before Starting Your Own Solo Practice or Small Firm
• Jeff Campolongo, Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo
• May Mon Post, Deasey Mahoney Valentini & North, Ltd.
• Daniel J. Siegel, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
• Natalie Klyashtorny, Nochumson, P.C.

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
• Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor-Elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, L.L.P.
• Robert G. Devine, White and Williams LLP
• Russell P. Lieberman, White and Williams LLP
• Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP

The program will conclude with a wine and cheese networking reception. The cost is just $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and the concluding networking event. Click here to register.

Doctors/Lawyers Explore Debate Over Tort Reform Nov. 1

Learn the truth about our health care system, the prevalence of malpractice,
and the merits or flaws of tort reform at the Thursday, Nov. 1 CLE program "Doctors/Lawyers Explore the Debate Over Tort Reform."

Who is in the best position to know where each side has it right and where each side has it wrong? The answer - members of the medical and legal communities with professional training and experience in both fields. Attend this CLE and learn the truth about our health care system, the prevalence of malpractice, and the merits or flaws of tort reform. This program is presented by the Young Lawyers Division.

This 4 substantive CLE credit program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception follows the program where attendees and can continue the dialogue and network with panelists. Click here to register.

Clothing, Volunteers Needed for Harvest for Homeless Nov. 3

The Young Lawyers Division is collecting clothes for its annual Harvest for the Homeless program on Saturday, Nov. 3. All clothes and non-perishable items are greatly appreciated for donation.

Specifically, the YLD is looking for donations of any clothes for men, women and children including sweat shirts, t-shirts, pants, shorts, thermal underwear, underwear (new please), socks, coats, gloves, scarves, hats, sweat suits, sweaters, etc. The shelters also appreciate blankets and towels.

We are also looking for toiletries, large or small, including soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, hand lotion, combs, brushes, etc.

Some of the shelters will take canned and non-perishable food items and we will take them if we get them; however, our focus is on clothes, bedding and toiletries.

These items can be dropped off at the donations sites below by or before Thursday, Nov. 1, or brought directly to the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP on Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

All of those who are willing and have volunteered to sort should be at the loading dock at Ballard Spahr by 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. Please stay as long as you can but know that any time you spend is appreciated so please just come and stay as long as you can. The more volunteers we have, the quicker we will be sending the deliveries on their way (all are welcome). The loading dock is located on 19th and Commerce streets between JFK Boulevard and Market Street. The entrance is just past JFK on the left-hand side. Come down the ramp and proceed right. Ballard is the first dock on the left-hand side.

For those commuting or walking, someone will meet you in the lobby of the Mellon Bank Center Building at 1735 Market St. at 8:25 a.m. and direct you to loading dock. Volunteers will open up the donation bags and sort the items, placing them at the appropriate station sites for subsequent bagging.

Once the sorting has begun, deliveries can start. Deliveries will be made to homeless shelters requesting specific items (some are for men only, others are for women and children only and some are for men, women and children). The shelters are all within the city limits. We will provide the names of the shelters with directions a few days before the event. We will also have print outs with directions on the day of the event.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the Nov. 3 sorting event at the following locations:

• Martin Banks, 1818 Market St., 35th Floor. Contact Maria Harris at mharris@ssdisabilityfirm.com

• Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 2005 Market St., Suite 2600. Contact Kristin M. McKenna at KMcKenna@stradley.com.

• Mensing Law, LLC, 1616 Walnut St. #710. Contact Stephanie J. Mensing at stephanie@mensinglaw.com.

• Jared Jacobson Law, LLC, 1760 Market Street #600. Contact Jared A. Jacobson atjjacobson@jaredjacobsonlaw.com.

• Berger & Montague, P.C., 1622 Locust St. Contact Shauna Itri at sitri@bm.net.

• KML Law Group, P.C., BNY Independence Center, 701 Market St., Suite 5000. Contact Jill Jenkins at jjenkins@kmllawgroup.com.

• Margolis Edelstein, The Curtis Center, 170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 400E. Contact Jennifer Coatsworth at jcoatsworth@margolisedelstein.com.

• German, Gallagher & Murtagh, 200 S. Broad St. Contact Jacqueline Campbell or Janice Patel at campbellj@ggmfirm.comcampbellj@ggmfirm.com.

• Weber Gallagher, 2000 Market St., Suite 1300. Contact Matthew Laver at mlaver@wglaw.com.

YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee in Dec. 4 Election

Nine candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 election.

The candidates are Philip D. Amoa, T. Justin Chapman, Andrew J. Kornblau, Jim Nixon, Matthew Olesh, Shabrei Parker, Jennifer Russell, Matthew T. Stone and Robert W. Zimmerman. Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 16 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

Note: 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.

Barristers Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 17

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its 28th Annual Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Barristers members distribute turkey baskets at the Cozen Police Athletic League, at 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown), on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving baskets contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more. Last year, more than 400 families in the Philadelphia area received the baskets.

To meet this year's goal of 500 families, the Barristers' Association would greatly appreciate new supporters, with a suggested donation of $40. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted.

Encourage friends, co-workers, colleagues and family members to support Philadelphia families in need. The Barristers can provide a template email to forward to your contacts. Please make donations, made payable to the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia by Nov. 9 to help cover the cost of the drive.

Donations can be made online via the Barristers' website or can be mailed to
2012 Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive, c/o Scott W. Reid, Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the baskets during the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help distribute baskets or help in any other way, please Amber Racine at (215) 255-4433 or at amracine@raynesmccarty.com. Lastly, if you think your firm or organization would be open to making a corporate donation, please contact Amber so that a formal request can be forwarded.

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