May 11, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 14 to Save $15 on 5th Annual Comedy Night, May 22

The deadline to to save $15 on the YLD's 5th Annual Comedy Night & Silent Auction has been extended to this Friday, May 14. Prices will then increase from $65 to $80 through May 17. No walk-in registrations will be available. The event has raised nearly $120,000 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation since its inception. The YLD is also seeking donations and sponsors. READ MORE

NAACP Chair Rosyln Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. READ MORE

Volunteers needed for May 19 Legal Line

Volunteers are needed for Legal Line next Wednesday, May 19, from 5-8 pm at the LRIS office of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Volunteers provide callers with free legal advice and referrals, and a LRIS staff member is always on hand to assist. Food is also provided. If you can help, please contact Teresa Rodriguez at

Win Dinner for Two at The Palm

"Like" the Bar Association's Facebook page by May 20, 2010 and be entered into a drawing for dinner for two at the Palm Restaurant.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Chance to Save $15 on 5th Annual Comedy Night Now Ends May 14

The early bird registration deadline for the YLD's Fifth Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction has been extended one week to this Friday, May 14. After this Friday, the ticket cost will rise from $65 to $80 through May 17, when registration ends. No walk-in registration will be available.

CLICK HERE to register now. Download the official event flyer HERE.

The event, which raises funds for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, a non-profit group that provides funding to Philadelphia legal service organizations that represent individuals struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination, begins at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Institute and features a 4-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and comedian Dan Cummins, a headliner on "Comedy Central Presents" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

Since 2005, the YLD has raised nearly $120,000 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation through this signature fundraiser, a contribution that has been instrumental in helping legal service organizations achieve justice for the indigent. This year's event seeks to continue this tradition while providing guests plenty of laughs and a range of valuable items to bid on through a silent auction.

These items include:

-Overnight stays and a gourmet meal at Philadelphia's Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, the Rittenhouse Hotel, or Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

-Unique tours of Philadelphia landmarks

-Phillies tickets and signed Eagles and Flyers memorabilia

-Gift certificates to renowned Philadelphia restaurants

-Lunch at the Vesper Club with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams

-Many more!

The YLD is also seeking sponsors for the event and donors to the silent auction. Sponsorship contributions range from $750 to $1500 with corresponding benefits. Click here to learn more and for a sponsorship form. All donations for the silent auction are welcome. In the past, these have included tickets to Philadelphia sporting events and shows, gift certificates to restaurants, spas and hotels, items from local shops, and a variety of others. Click here for a donation form.

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, will receive the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Brock made history in February 2010 when she became the youngest person ever and fourth woman to serve as chair of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Brock has served as a leader in the NAACP. As a committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock fights for quality education, civil rights, economic justice, decent housing, and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

New members of the Association's Year Clubs will also be honored at the event.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

THIS SUNDAY: 31st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

This Sunday, May 16, have fun and support a worthy cause at the 31st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk for the Support Center for Child Advocates. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

There will be several competitive divisions with a 5K run competition for all runners, a 5K run competition for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. There will be both legal team competition and corporate team competition.

This year, the Bar Association is being joined by corporate sponsors FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C., Iron Mountain, Philadelphia Runner, Brooks, The Legal Intelligencer, Landmark Legal Solutions, USI Affinity, Veritext, Reliable and CPMI. The event is also being joined by legal sponsors Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley, PC; Archer & Greiner, P.C.; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. along with legal supporters, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine and Berger & Montague, P.C.

For more information or to become volunteer, contact Eric Marzluf at 215-567-2010 (ext. 146) or via e-mail at or Kristyn DiDominick at 267-546-9211 or via-email at To register for the race, visit

8th Annual Nonprofit Institute CLE Program, May 18

For seven consecutive years, the Nonprofit Institute has been a dynamic source of information and a must attend for anyone involved in the nonprofit sector. This year's program takes place May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the PBI CLE Conference Center and offers 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits.

The program is not just for lawyers! Attendees can design their own program from among 18 topics to meet the needs of their profession. The day promises to offer stimulating discussion and the opportunity to network with a diverse group of people involved in the nonprofit sector.

Workshop choices include: Charities That Planned Well to Survive Challenging Times; Copyright Issues for the Nonprofit; Starting and Running an Effective Nonprofit Organization; Time Tested Models of Nonprofit Innovative Management; The Prudent Investor Rule, Endowments and Fiduciary Duty; Don Kramer’s Annual Legislative and Caselaw Update; Risk Analysis for the Nonprofit - Examining Liability Exposure, Indemnification and Insurance Coverage; Community Foundations - Issues and Opportunities; Becoming a Charitable Organization - Completing and Filing IRS Form 1023; Commercial Co-Venturing; Lobbying Versus Advocacy - Understanding the Difference; Compensation Reporting on the 990; and Legal Advice for the Grassroots and Small Nonprofit Organization, among many others.

For more information on the program, standard tuition fees and registration, please call 1.800.932.4637 or CLICK HERE.

Help Needed to Ensure a Clean and Fair Election, May 18

Volunteers are needed on Election Day, May 18, to join Committee of Seventy's nonpartisan Voter Protection Program and help resolve problems at polling places and answer voters' questions. The goal of the program is to help solve issues that could prevent registered voters from voting and to collect data to improve future elections.

Volunteers will be trained on election laws and work throughout the Philadelphia region on Election Day helping voters in the field or staffing the 866-OUR-VOTE voter protection hotline. Volunteers are asked to work a 4 1/2 hour shift in the morning, afternoon or evening in a part of the city of their choosing.
Learn more and sign up today for this important and exciting opportunity HERE.

Volunteer Now for Ronald McDonald House Dinner, June 29

On June 29, the YLD has been invited to cook and serve dinner to residents at the new Ronald McDonald House, Front and Erie streets, as part of its Family Meal Program. The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families and their seriously ill children who are being treated at area hospitals. The dinner that the YLD will provide supplies the families with a nutritious meal that might otherwise be skipped and also creates an opportunity for families to share their stories and experiences.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. YLD volunteers are invited into the kitchen anytime after 2 p.m. to start meal preparations. The suggested menu is a salad, bread/rolls, a protein entree, a starch side dish, a vegetable side dish, and dessert, prepared for 25 to 30 people.

If you are interested, please contact Dave Koller at or (215) 545-8917 or Matthew Laver at or (215) 686-7097. Once the group is finalized, you will be contacted to discuss logistics. Suggestions and recipes are welcome!

The event is absolutely free, but space is extremely limited, so advanced registration is required. Gated parking is available directly on the house property, and directions will be provided.

Mock Oral Argument with Judge Rufe, May 20

The Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Federal Courts Committee will present a mock oral argument on motion for summary judgment on a complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation on Thursday, May 20.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe will preside over the argument and will present her analysis and ruling at the end of the argument. There will be two plaintiffs' attorneys arguing and two defense attorneys arguing a stipulated set of facts provided to the judge and the audience beforehand. At the conclusion of the argument, a vote will be taken of those in attendance as to whether summary judgment will be granted or denied. The judge will then provide her analysis and ruling.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets. CLICK HERE to RSVP.