March 8, 2011

YLD Annual Meeting Featuring Michael Barkann, April 14

Michael Barkann, a 7-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and a 5-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner, will present keynote remarks at the YLD Annual Meeting, April 14 at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room. READ MORE

Play exciting games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the YLD's brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The event will take place May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7-10:30 p.m. MORE DETAILS

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.

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YLD Annual Meeting Featuring Michael Barkann, April 14

Michael Barkann, a seven-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and a five-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner, will present the keynote speech at the YLD Annual Meeting, April 14 at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room.

The event will also feature remarks by 2011 YLD Chair Carolyn Chopko and the conferral of three YLD Community Service Awards.

Since 1997, Barkann has hosted a myriad of programs on Comcast SportsNet, including "Daily News Live" - CSN's sports roundtable - and the Philadelphia Eagles' pre- and post-game shows.

Barkann's on-air career began with the New Jersey Network as a weatherman and soon took him to KYW-TV in Philadelphia. In 1991, he joined the USA Network where he covered U.S. Open Tennis, World League Football and the boxing series "Tuesday Night Fights." He gained major television exposure working for CBS Sports at the Winter Olympics in 1992 at Albertville, France, in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway and in 1998 at Nagano, Japan.

In 1992, Barkann became sports director at WLVI-TV in Boston. He spent five years in Boston and also hosted sports radio programs on WEEI-AM.

Barkann joined Comcast SportsNet for its maiden season in 1997 and was the first person to appear live on the fledgling network. He quickly became known for his offbeat interview style. Along with his hosting duites, some of his favorite assignments include the Phillies' 2008 World Series Championship, Super Bowl XXXI pitting the Patriots against the Packers, Dan Jansen's dramatic speed-skating gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and Stefan Edberg's final tournament at the U.S. Open.

Barkann's charitable work includes the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, Quilts for Kids, and Bringing the Outside World Inside Foundation. He is also Master of Ceremonies for the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies.

CLICK HERE to register. Stay tuned for details on the award winners.

Play exciting games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser presented by the Young Lawyers Division for the benefit of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The event takes place May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7-10:30 p.m. and also features an open bar, a generous dinner buffet, a DJ, and a big ticket raffle.

Each Casino Night attendee will get $200 worth of chips to use at 7 Blackjack tables, 3 poker tables, two craps tables and a double roulette table. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. There are no minimum bets, so attendees can play as freely as they like. Chips can be exchanged for tickets toward a host of items to be raffled off at the event. Registration is $75 per person and $135 for two.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. Since 2006, the YLD’s annual fundraiser – which traditionally featured a renowned comic and a silent auction – has raised more than $313,000 for the Foundation.

CLICK HERE to register. Sponsorship is also available; click here for details.

YLD Needs Your Help for a Successful Law Week 2011, May 2-6

Volunteer Philadelphia lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of Law Week 2011, an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and YLD through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens. This year's theme is "The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo."

The weeklong fest, taking place May 2-6, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect John Savoth and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2011 co-chairs are Roxane Crowley and Matt Laver.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, May 2
LAL! kicks off the week with a lunchtime program where dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. at various branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Christopher Guth or Christopher Sharp.

Lawyer in the Classroom, Tuesday, May 3, through Thursday, May 5
This program features lawyers enthusiastically visiting different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Eileen Carroll or Sarah McCarthy.

LegalLine, Wednesday, May 4

Free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 4. Area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 6
Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact Matt Laver or David Walker.

"Goldilocks" and "The Big Bad Wolf" Mock Trials, Friday, May 6
Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at seven different City Hall courtrooms. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Ryan Gatto or Justin Moriconi.

Stay tuned for more information.

Marketing Corner: Do You Know What You Don't Know?

by Kimberly Alford Rice

Over and over again I hear so many of my young lawyer clients say, "I know I should be doing something to get my name 'out there,' but I'm just not sure what."

Does this sound like something you have said? Or, how about this? "I really don't like to network because I'm shy (or uncomfortable or kinda quiet, etc.)."

What many lawyers do not seem to realize is that every marketing tactic is not a 'one size fits all' proposition. That is to say, not all lawyers have the same strengths (and weaknesses) to perform the same marketing activities. What "works" for one person, may not work for another.

I mention this because I find frequently that lawyers often don't clearly understand that it is imperative to the success of your legal practice to develop an integrated marketing plan which is totally customized to you and your specific target audience (do you even know who this is?); which plays to your unique strengths (do you know what exactly these are?); and is completely realistic for you to execute.

You may say, how in the world do I do that? Well, funny you should ask.

There have never been so many resources available for lawyers to learn how to effectively and professionally develop a practice of their own. Here are a few:

  • Become a read-aholic: There are so many great books published by reputable resources on how to
    develop a healthy practice, become more client centric, take specific steps to earn the title “trusted
    advisor”, etc. Check out the Legal Marketing Reader for some top, fabulous picks.

  • Industry Groups: There is no shortage of legal marketing expertise featured at monthly programs by local industry groups such as the Philadelphia Bar Association; the Legal Marketing Association -
    Metro Philadelphia Chapter; the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, and so on.

  • Legal Marketing Advisors: There are a few highly reputable local legal marketing experts who have earned their stripes in the field and who can guide you one-on-one on specific steps to take to develop a stellar reputation; create more visibility and personal brand recognition; turn networking events into paying clients, etc. A number of these resources participate in the Bar Association's referral program.

Whatever route you choose to explore first, one of the most important truisms to remember is this: you are in the "relationship business" and, as such, you must consistently focus on cultivating, building, and feeding solid relationships. No relationships, no clients, no practice.

Reach out if I can help.

Kimberly Alford Rice is Principal of KLA Marketing Associates, a business development advisory firm focusing on servicing the legal sector. Kimberly helps law firms and lawyers develop practical business development and marketing strategies which lead directly to new clients and increased revenues. She can be reached at 609-458-0415 or at

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.

Open Forum on CLE in Pennsylvania, March 14

As we approach the 20th anniversary of mandatory CLE in Pennsylvania, join the Professional Responsibility Committee for a forum where you can voice your opinions and concerns about the current state and future of CLE in Pennsylvania next Monday, March 14.

The following topics will be addressed: What works and what doesn't? Are changes necessary? Are the requirements sufficient or excessive? Is experienced-based CLE an appropriate approach and will it help to raise the overall quality of legal representation provided to all clients? Should more online CLE be allowed? Does attendees' multi-tasking - newspapers, mobile devices - impact the effectiveness of CLE? Are the consequences of non-compliance too draconian?

Panelists for the program include past Chancellor Abraham C. Reich, co-chair and partner of Fox Rothschild, LLP, and current Chair of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board; Dan Levering, administrator of the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board; and Sarah Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP which provides free CLE credit for those who take approved courses and agree to provide pro bono representation.

The program is open to all Bar Association members and begins at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 14 in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible. Click here to register.

Medicare/Medicaid Liens Program, March 9

The State Civil Litigation Section will present "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Medicare Liens and Medicaid Liens but Continue to be Afraid to Ask" at its meeting tomorrow, March 9.

Speakers for the program are Charles L. Becker, Will Shapiro and Glenn A. Rickett. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

  • A Philadelphia VIP Pro Bono Training Program on Tax will take place tomorrow, 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.

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.

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