March 1, 2011

Registration Now Open for Casino Night & Annual Fundraiser, May 14

Secure your space at the table! Registration is now open for games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the YLD's brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser for the benefit of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The event will take place May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7-10:30 p.m. and also features an open bar, plenty of food and a big ticket raffle. Sponsorship is available. CLICK HERE to register now; stay tuned for more details.

TOMORROW: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of African American Museum

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exclusive, after-hours tour as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The African American Museum in Philadelphia - the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans, tomorrow, March 2. READ MORE

Volunteers Needed for March 16 LegalLine

Volunteers are needed for the next LegalLine, Wednesday, March 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters. Contact Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia if interested. The program is sponsored by the Bar Association's Family Law Section.

Click here for a list of upcoming Public Interest Training Programs


TOMORROW: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of African American Museum

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for an exclusive, after-hours tour as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The African American Museum in Philadelphia - the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans, tomorrow, March 2.

At this unique wine-and-cheese event, you'll experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art. The 35th anniversary celebration recently kicked off with an impactful new exhibition, "Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti & Their Power to Change Women's Lives." This powerful exhibition showcases a collection of 22 original art quilts and the unique collaboration that led to their creation.

The event, co-sponsored by the Diversity in the Profession Committee, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. The cost is $20 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. To register, click here or visit Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Association members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Sotomayor to Receive Diversity Honor; Event Sold Out

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The event is completely sold out and the waiting list for tickets is full.

The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said.

Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is closed for this event and the waiting list for tickets is full.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund, which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

  • Rutgers-Camden Law School Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 2, from 12:30-2:20 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. Fifth St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. The auction raises funds for summer stipends, awarded to students working in unpaid public interest and public service positions with nonprofit public interest legal organizations and government departments. Come bid on lunch with professors, golf with Dean Solomon, tickets to Philadelphia sporting events, and other exciting auction items. For donations or questions, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at

  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the pro bono seminar "Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us" on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A networking breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to all registrants. This program will be available via simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and will provide five hours of substantive CLE credits and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Sessions include "Wills for Heroes;" "Pro Bono Program in a Box;" "Teen/Youth Courts as an Alternative Juvenile Justice Program;" "Making the Most of Electronic Tools;" "Addressing Mortgage Foreclosure Issues;" and "Older and Wiser." For more information or to register online visit

  • A Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Training Program on Tax will take place March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Dilworth Paxon, 1500 Market St., 3500E, Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

  • Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II on March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a special event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Director of Legal Services, Amara Chaudhry, will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails at Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 1904 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for Young Lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit or contact Troy Porter at or 215.563.0652 X270.

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. by Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or at

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Celebrate Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary, March 19

by Abbie DuFrayne

A landmark event in the legal history of Philadelphia is on the horizon and you are invited to attend. Philadelphia VIP is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 P.M. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

As young lawyers, we have always known VIP as the organization in the city that starts new projects, offers training sessions for volunteers and collaborates with Bar Association Sections, local law firms of all sizes, law schools and corporations to address unmet needs of low income Philadelphians. We have attended Summer Associates Day, First Year Associates programs and CLEs that have helped to shape our careers.

What you may not know is that VIP was founded in 1981 by Community Legal Services and the Philadelphia Bar Association. By 1985, VIP had two paralegals and a secretary. Today, VIP has grown to 14 full- and part-time staff members with a variety of expertise and backgrounds. With over 8,600 volunteer attorneys, law students and legal administrators, VIP has served nearly 26,000 clients and organizations.

Over the last 30 years, VIP has partnered with Community Legal Services, HIAS and Counsel, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, the Homeless Advocacy Project, and the AIDs Law Project to name just a few. ABC's "Nightline" even produced a story about VIP's work with the City of Philadelphia's Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Program called "Save my Home" in 2009.

The 30th Anniversary Gala will celebrate all of these accomplishments and look toward the future of VIP. You are encouraged to join the rest of Philadelphia’s legal community at this celebration. Young lawyer tickets are $100 and Public Interest/Government tickets are $75. CLICK HERE to register.

Abbie DuFrayne is Immediate-Past Chair of the YLD and an associate at Petrelli Law, P.C.

Registration Now Open for Bar Association 5K, May 15

Registration is now open for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, to be held Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit