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

Learn 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...READ MORE

Volunteer Attorneys Needed on Election Day

The Philadelphia Bar Association passionately supports clean and fair elections. Please volunteer as Field Volunteer or Exit Poll Volunteer to help Southeastern Pennsylvania voters during this pivotal election on Tuesday, Nov. 6...READ MORE

Mock Trial Boot Camp Volunteers Needed on Nov. 10

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law's LEAP program are doing their final push for volunteers for the mock trial boot camp, which kicks off the citywide high school mock trial season. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m., at Temple Law, 1719 N. Broad St. Volunteers are needed to lead small group breakout sessions, which will follow large group presentations by distinguished trial lawyers and various spirit-building pageantry. Courtroom and mock trial experience, as well as experience working with teens, is valued but not required. Volunteers are also needed in other capacities, including service as coaches and judges for mock trial competition. To volunteer or for more information, contact Joshu Harris at jlh67@georgetown.edu. Click here for additional information.

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.

Presiding Judges, Scoring Judges for Penn Mock Trial Tourney

The Penn Mock Trial team is looking for judges, attorneys and law students to serve as presiding judges and scoring judges for the 10th Annual Quaker Classic Tournament on Nov. 10-11. Each round of Mock Trial proceeds much like a real trial – two  teams, prosecution and defense, will each present an opening statement, direct and cross examinations, and a closing argument. Trials are limited in time to three hours, and participants must blend dramatic performances, ingenious use of the law, and the Federal Rules of Evidence to succeed. Both individual and team awards are given based on performance during the tournament. To volunteer, contact quakerclassic@pennmocktrial.com.

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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.

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.

Marketing Corner: What Are Your Marketing Facts?

By Kimberly Alford Rice
One of the values of law school is that lawyers can take on an issue and analyze it to pieces, arguing whatever side is best for their clients' interests. They can learn this skill set quickly and be graded on their efforts often by their supervising partners, judges and clients.

These analytical skills, however, are not necessarily as valuable when considering how to grow a healthy and prosperous practice. After all, if a lawyer can pick apart any issue, so too can any business development initiative be dismissed and discounted.

In working with young lawyers, what I have often confronted is resistance to basic and essential action steps which experience shows us can be instrumental in building a strong and deep network; getting in front of targeted qualified prospects all in the name of "so and so doesn't do this"…and the unwillingness to concede that you don’t know how to do a certain thing or that it will take you beyond a comfort zone.

To that end, this reminds me of this quote from Henry Ford: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."

It's long been recognized that law school is not the place to prepare you to build a practice but rather to prepare your mind on what it means to be a lawyer. So, it should be no surprise that you will not begin your illustrious legal career knowing how to "market." No worries. Accept the fact for what it is and move on – quickly.

Speaking of facts, are you denying yours?

• Do you resist certain business development activities because it would take you beyond your comfort zone? How often have you said, "I am not a networker;" "I'm plenty involved but nothing is happening"…really?

• Do you "go" but do not proactively participate? Are you the wallflower at the networking events? Are you really "involved" or simply paid dues to numerous organizations?

• Do you say "I don’t have time" as an excuse? Do you not think it's your "job?" I suggest you reconsider if you want to be in control of your future.

As you explore these questions... be honest and face the facts. The challenge could be invigorating to your practice and that of your entire firm.

Kimberly Alford Rice (kimberly@klamarketing.net) is principal of KLA Marketing Associates.

Nov. 13 Chancellor's Forum to Address Civil Justice Gap

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present a Chancellor's Forum, "The Civil Justice Gap," on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th floor Conference Center. The event is free and open to all members and their guests. Lunch is available for purchase if reserved in advance. To register, click here.

Hosted by Chancellor John E. Savoth and co-sponsored by the Association's Civil Gideon Task Force, this moderated discussion will address the increase in the need for legal services for poor and vulnerable individuals in areas of basic human need, and explore strategies to narrow the civil justice gap. The forum will also highlight actual and proposed developments to increase access to justice in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions and facilitate a discussion on how key stakeholders can work collaboratively on improving access to justice.

The forum will be moderated by Karen C. Buck, Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center, and Co-Chair of the Civil Gideon Task Force Housing Working Group. Panelists will include Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts Fern A. Fisher, Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, member of the Civil Gideon Task Force; Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Mont./Bucks), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Co-Chair of the Civil Gideon Task Force Communications and Education Working Group.

RSVP is required. Lunch is available for purchase for $8 (Association members) and $9.50 (nonmembers). For more information, contact Joseph A. Sullivan, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at 215-981-4304, or sullivanja@pepperlaw.com; or Catherine C. Carr, Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, at 215-981-3712, or ccarr@clsphila.org.

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.

Volunteer Attorneys Needed on Election Day

The Philadelphia Bar Association passionately supports clean and fair elections. Please volunteer as Field Volunteer or Exit Poll Volunteer to help Southeastern Pennsylvania voters during this pivotal election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Field Volunteers work in teams of two to three members and are assigned to cover specific geographical areas. The team monitors polling place activity, answers voters' questions, helps settle minor disputes and directs more complicated problems to the proper law enforcement authorities. Volunteers are especially needed to cover polls in Philadelphia's four suburban counties.

Exit Poll Volunteers are stationed at Philadelphia polling places to get a true picture of who has a photo ID (and would have been able to show one if required in order to vote) and how many voters truly need it going forward. Accurate information is critical if the Voter ID law is in effect for future elections.

For more information, or to register to volunteer, visit the Committee of Seventy's website at seventy.org/volunteer or contact Luke McKinstry at lmckinstry@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 112 or Molly Morrill at mmorrill@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 107.

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