March 17, 2009

YLD Seeks Volunteers for Law Week Events, April 27 - May 1

The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers of any age, as well law students, in the community to educate the city's youth and the public about the law through direct interaction. Volunteers are needed for the following: Lawyer in the Classroom, Legal Advice Live!, Legal Line, The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, and Lawyer for a Day. Submission are also being sought for the 2009 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest (open to Philadelphia high school seniors) and the 2009 Poster Contest (open to Philadelphia fourth, fifth and sixth graders). READ MORE

Volunteers Needed for
March 18 Legal Line

Volunteers are needed the Legal Line program tomorrow, March 18, from 5-8 p.m. at the Bar Association offices, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor. Volunteers answer basic legal questions and provide referral information. Food is provided free of charge. Email Stephanie Mensing if you are able to help out.

Volunteers Needed to Assist at Ronald McDonald House, March 24

The YLD needs volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner at the city's new Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie Streets on Tuesday, March 24. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. READ MORE

YLD Networking Happy Hour at JL Sullivan's, March 26

The YLD, along with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Septa Citizen's Advisory Committee, is holding a Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at JL Sullivan's, Broad and Walnut Streets. READ MORE

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members on April 1 READ MORE


YLD Seeks Volunteers for Law Week Events, April 27-May 1

Volunteer Philadelphia lawyers are needed to offer free legal advice, welcome new American citizens, visit children in classrooms and accompany inner-city students into the courts Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. That's when the Philadelphia Bar Association marks "Law Week 2009" with a host of special events and services reaching out to thousands of citizens.

The week-long fest, sponsored by the 13,000-member Bar Association, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. The theme for Law Week 2009 is "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial."

All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect, Scott F. Cooper, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The YLD Law Week co-chairs are Abbie DuFrayne, Kelly Gastley and Carey Chopko.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and who to contact if you can volunteer:

Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 27: Monday kicks off a week-long series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically visit 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 Josh Ryan.

Legal Advice Live!, Wednesday, April 29: At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice during the Legal Advice Live! program, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Central (Main) Branch of the Philadelphia Library, located at 1901 Vine Street, and other satellite branch locations throughout the city. 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 Legal Advice Live! please contact Kristin McKenna or Chris Guth

Also on Wednesday, April 29, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., 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 Stephanie Mensing.

Juror Appreciation Day, Thursday, April 30: The First Judicial District and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will sponsor the 8th Annual Juror Appreciation Day at 8:30 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center's Jury Assembly Room on the first floor to recognize the crucial public service performed by local citizens who respond to jury duty.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 1: 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 Carey Chopko.

Also on Friday, May 1, a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new United States citizens will be held at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. The winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will also read his or her essay.

Finally on Friday, May 1, 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. 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 are instructed on the role of 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 Heather Herrington or Justin Moriconi.

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Volunteers Needed to Assist at Ronald McDonald House, March 24

The YLD needs volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner at the city's new Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie Streets on Tuesday, March 24. The meal will be served at 6 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Dave Koller at 215.460.3343 or Kelly Gastley at 215.523.9566.

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 Family Meal Program provides families a nutritious dinner they might otherwise miss and creates an opportunity for people to share their stories and experiences.

YLD Networking Event, March 26 at JL Sullivan's

The YLD, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Septa Citizen's Advisory Committee, is holding a Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at JL Sullivan's at Broad and Walnut Streets. Every attendee's first drink will be free courtesy of Esquire. Drink tickets and butlered hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the event. This is a great opportunity to exchange business cards and socialize with young professionals in different occupations in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there!

Register Now for YLD Comedy Night, May 9

The YLD will hold its annual Comedy Night on Saturday, May 9 at The Franklin. Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will be the headliner. Visit here for more details and here for ticket information. If you are you interested in sponsoring the event, email Brian Chacker. If you are interested in donating silent auction items, email Abbie DuFrayne.

International Law Committee Annual Reception for the International LLM Students, March 24

The International Law Committee's Annual Reception for the International LLM Students will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 5:30-7 PM at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market Street.

We will also be presenting the 2nd annual International Law Committee Awards, to two graduate law students in the region, for outstanding achievement in the area of international law or human rights.

ABA Young Lawyers Division and Law Practice Mgmt Section Joint Conference, May 14-16

The ABA Young Lawyers Division and Law Practice Management Section will hold a Joint Conference
, May 14-16 in 
New Orleans. Register by April 22 to receive the early bird registration discount of $75/ABA Members and $85/Non-members.

The confereence entails: the ins and outs of going in-house; effective oral communication strategies; tips for becoming a superstar associate; how-to's for mastering mobile technology; pointers for clear and concise writing; specialized techniques in appellate court persuasion; ideas for managing your practice in a down economy; guidance on the business side of law; the key to identifying and avoiding conflicts of interest; marketing strategies for a Web 2.0 world; and hundreds of new connections from around the U.S. and the world.

Stay at the YLD hotel to be at the center of it all: Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
; Single/Double rate of $189/night is available until April 22, 2009

Register and book your hotel reservation here.

Workers' Compensation Section to Host Awards Luncheon, Best-Selling Novelist Lisa Scottoline

The Bar's Workers' Compensation Section is holding a Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon and Afternoon with Lisa Scottoline on Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. at the Wanamaker Building’s Crystal Tea Room.

Joseph S. Bekelja, a partner with Margolis Edelstein, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which the Section presents annually to an attorney who has had an exemplary career in workers' compensation law.

"Mr. Bekelja has been a teacher, leader, mentor and role model not just for workers’ compensation attorneys, but for all attorneys," Workers' Compensation Bureau Judge A. Michael Synder said.

Best-selling novelist and Philadelphia-lawyer Lisa Scottoline – author of the Edgar Award-winning "Final Appeal" and 11 other legal suspense novels – will present the keynote speech at the event. All attendees will receive a copy of Ms. Scottoline's new book, "Look Again," which is being released on April 14.

The event is being sponsored by Summit Pharmacy.

Tickets for the event are $50 for Bar members, $45 for YLD members and $60 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call 215.238.6300 or click here.

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members, April 1

CMSResources/huffington100.jpg Political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Wednesday, April 1 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be honored at the event. Pratt 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."

Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She launched "The Huffington Post" in May 2005, and the news and blog site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members and can be purchased online at by clicking here.

Attorney Career Development Committee Meeting, March 25

The next meeting of the Attorney Career Development Committee will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street.

This meeting will feature the program, "Building A Network: Key to New Clients and Career Opportunities," presented by Mary Beth Pratt, President of the Greater Philadelphia Legal Marketing Association; Greg Nowak, Business Practice Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Arthur Bousel, Committee Chair and Chief Coach of Lawyer 2 Lawyer Coaching; and Doug Richardson, Altman Weil, Inc. and author of "Dow Jones' Premier Guide to Networking."

The panelists will illustrate the simplicity of good networking through their own experiences. An interactive conversation among audience and panel will follow. Focus will be on practical take-away suggestions that attorneys can integrate into a busy work day.

The panel will offer attendees their "5 Best Tips for Developing Contacts" and insight into creating a networking action plan that targets individual needs and goals. Handouts include an overview of "Plan of Action to Build a Network" that Arthur Bousel designed for his clients.

A few minutes of "Speed Networking" (very brief personal introductions) will precede the panel discussion.

Attorneys interested in joining this committee should contact Andrea Morris, membership coordinator, at 215-238-6313. To register online, click here.