May 5, 2009

YLD Comedy Night THIS SATURDAY, Register by TODAY and Get FREE Haircut at Toppers Spa

The YLD's Fourth Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser is this weekend! Saturday, May 9 at The Franklin, the YLD will welcome Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (left) and East Coast comedian William Chiang for a night of laughs, food and drink, all benefiting a great cause - the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Even more enticing, if you you purchase a ticket by today, May 5, you will receive a free haircut courtesy of Toppers Spa! Visit here for more details and here for ticket information. READ MORE

Volunteers Needed to Teach at 2009 People's Law School

The YLD is now accepting applications from young lawyers to teach classes at this year's People's Law School. READ MORE

Law Week 2009 A Great Success

What a week! From providing eager citizens legal counsel to showing high-schoolers what a live court proceeding looks like to dressing up like fairy tale characters for the benefit of our youngest aspiring attorneys, volunteer young lawyers surely made their mark in Philadelphia students' minds and the community at large. Be sure to check out the next edition of the "Bar Reporter" for an article on and pictures from the events.

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Comedy Night THIS SATURDAY, Register by TODAY for FREE Haircut

The YLD will hold its annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser this weekdn, Saturday, May 9 at The Franklin beginning at 7 p.m. Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will be the headliner. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Also at Comedy Night will be opening act William Chiang - a favorite performer on the East Coast - an open bar, hors d'oeuvre, a DJ and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 for both Bar Association members and non-members and can be purchased by calling 215.238.6300 or on the Bar Association’s website here. For more details, click here. And, if you purchase a ticket by today, May 5, you'll receive a complimentary haircut courtesy of Toppers Spa. So don't delay!

Volunteers Needed to Teach at 2009 People's Law School

The YLD is now accepting applications from young lawyers to teach the following classes at this year's People's Law School (PLS): family law and custody, small claims and landlord/tenant court, consumer credit (including debt collection, identity theft, credit reports, utility issues), real estate (including foreclosures, predatory lending, actions to quiet title), bankruptcy, employment law, workers' compensation, social security and disability, elder law, personal injury, and criminal law.

The PLS is a six-week adult education course, beginning in September, that offers non-lawyers basic information about areas of the law that affect people's daily lives. If you are interested in teaching, please email your resume or information about your practice areas to Stephanie Mensing.

Ten Tips to Grow Your Business

Hi Lawyers! This month's marketing tip is: Do these 10 (cheap) things to grow your business!

Many lawyers today, especially today (!), are looking for effective and relatively inexpensive ways to grow their business. William Stock, a founding partner of one of the nation’s top business immigration firms, Klasko Rulon Stock and Seltzer has ten great tips for lawyers - no matter their practice area. Bill started as an associate at Dechert with no clients of his own and now is one of the most sought after immigration lawyers in the country by national and international companies alike.

1. Do great legal work. Don't just be good - be great. Eighty percent or more of your business will be referrals from existing clients or contacts.

2. Join a networking group. Connect your clients with people who need their services, and meet new people who may be able to help you.

3. Write an article for a trade journal, local paper, ethnic magazine, or web site that your target market reads.

4. Turn that article into a client alert, and email it to all your clients.

5. Talk with your clients. Not just about their cases - about their kids, their jobs, their travel. Personal relationships equal referrals.

6. Give a speech to a community group about comprehensive legislative reform needed in your practice area. Get people's names, and ask them to write their congressperson. Lobbying is not only the secret to passing legislative reform, it's also marketing.

7. Do a client satisfaction survey. Go visit your clients - for free - and ask them about challenges in their business, what you are doing right, and what you could do better.

8. Give something back - get involved and active in an organization that potential clients or referral sources are also involved in.

9. Go to your old cases and re-connect with your old clients - find out what they are up to and how their lives are going. Let them know you are still practicing.

10. Develop a marketing plan - give yourself a concrete set of steps (like "do two of the ten free marketing steps each week for a month"). TRACK and MEASURE whether you DID them (results may take some time, but marketing is easy to push off the front burner).

This is a tremendous list of ideas. Follow Bill’s advice. So as I like to say: Get up, Get out - GET GOING!

Stacy West Clark, Esq. is President of Stacy Clark Marketing LLC, a firm dedicated to helping Delaware Valley lawyers and law firms grow their business. She can be reached at

Bar Association Holding Seventh Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition for Law Students

The Philadelphia Bar Association welcomes submissions for the seventh annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The competition is open to Philadelphia-area full- and part-time law students in their second or third year of study during the 2008-2009 academic year. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. on May 8. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award and other recognition.

Students from the following law schools are eligible for entry: Drexel University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus) and Rutgers School of Law (Camden).

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The entry must be no longer than 20 pages or 5000 words and must be the work of one author alone. 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. Other guidelines and restrictions apply. To get the full entry rules, visit or contact Diane Edelman at 610.519.7047 or

All qualifying entries can be submitted to Dawn Petit at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Bar Assoc. Unveils New Online Resource for "Lawyers in Transition"

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking to help lawyers that have been laid off or otherwise impacted by this difficult economy through the creation of a new website called "Lawyers in Transition." You can access the site directly at or via the Member Center page of Bar Association's website.

This new site is primarily designed as a one-stop resource center where lawyers who've been recently laid off can learn about key programs (anything to do with marketing, networking, socializing, job hunting, getting started, etc.) and other resources (both at the Bar Association and other places, like the ABA). They can also connect to one another, since the site features a blog with lawyers as the writer/contributors, along with a forum for discussion between members.

We wanted you to be aware of this new resource for two reasons:

 1. Tell people about the site, for it's an excellent resource
; 2. Tell us about programs or events that might be of interest to this audience.

You will continue to work with Dawn Petit to promote news about your programs and events via the list serves. But if your program is of particular interest to someone recently laid off or looking for work, then please bring it to the attention of Martha Phan, director of Communications and Marketing, at or Wes Terry, Web Manager, at

Lawyers in Transition CLE, May 13

On Wednesday, May 13, from 1-4:40 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Philadelphia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division is sponsoring "Lawyers in Transition," a 2.5 CLE-credit program meant to assist lawyers who are either looking for employment or are considering ways to further their legal careers during the economic downturm. The program will also assist those who counsel lawyers on how they can find employment and continue to practice law in the interim.

If you are seeking a job, you will get advice about what steps to take, how to practice on your own if you decide to do so, how to market yourself, and the ethical considerations about which you need to be aware. This program will also provide an opportunity to network. If you are looking for others with whom you may want to practice or planning to hire lawyers, this course will help you meet them.

Join us and learn how you can help yourself and others who have been affected by the difficult economy in which we currently find ourselves.

Faculty: Daniel J. Siegel, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC; Mary Platt, Montgomery, McCraken, Walker & Rhoads LLP; Ellen Freedman, Law Practice Management Coordinator; Kenneth Hagreen, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.; Shelly Lawson, Director, Bar Assn. Programs, USI Colburn Insurance Service; Elizabeth Lloyd, Ajilon Professional Staffing; Susan G. Manch, Shannon & Manch, LLP; Barbara S. Rosenberg; and Gina Furia Rubel, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

Special Note: In furtherance of PBI's goal of assisting attorneys who find themselves in transition and are looking for work during these difficult times, PBI is pleased to offer this program at a substantially reduced fee. In addition to the reduced fee, those who cannot afford to pay for the seminar may attend at no cost. PBI will not require verification for this opportunity; you simply need to check the box appropriate to you.

Learn more and register here

YLD to Co-Sponsor Chancellor's Forum for Candidates for District Attorney, May 11

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will co-sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city's next district attorney on Monday, May 11.

Democrats Brian Grady, Daniel McCaffery, Daniel McElhatton, Michael Turner and Seth Williams and Republican Michael Untermeyer have been invited to discuss and answer questions regarding the critical issues facing this city. Chancellor Sayde Ladov will be the moderator.

The forum will be held at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market Streets. The Chancellor's Forum is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Young Lawyers Division.
The candidates are seeking to replace District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who is not seeking re-election. Abraham has been district attorney since 1991.

Attendees are encouraged to visit to reserve a seat for the program.