From the Chair: Join Me at the YLD Annual Meeting Jan. 18

Greetings! As the incoming Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I am pleased to invite you to join me at the YLD’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 18th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia to welcome new members of this prestigious organization. The Annual Meeting is one of the YLD’s signature annual events. This year we have a brand new location and will offer cocktails and complementary refreshments in an environment where you can mingle with the new leadership of the YLD, members of the judiciary and section and committee chairs of the Bar Association.

Perry, Peretta and Vision Award Winners Announced

At its Jan. 18 Annual Meeting the YLD will honor two outstanding young lawyers and one organization for their public service and commitment to the YLD’s mission and activities... READ MORE

Mock Trial Volunteers Needed

width=265,height=236 The YLD is seeking attorneys and law students to volunteer to work with high school mock trial teams. In February, the teams will compete in the official citywide competition, administered by the YLD and Temple Law's LEAP program, and the winner will advance to the statewide competition in April...READ MORE


From the Chair: Come Join Us at the YLD Annual Meeting Jan. 18

For 210 years, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the oldest association of lawyers in the United States, has served the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. The YLD is a vital and highly active component of the Bar Association. We strive to meet the needs of newly minted lawyers through legal education, practical training, community service, and networking opportunities. Whether you are a new member, continuing member, law student, or just want to learn more about the YLD and the Bar Association, we hope that you will join us as we kick off the New Year. Registration is required. This event is free for all YLD members, and only $15 for non-member attorneys. Click here to register
Melanie J. Taylor, Esq.
Young Lawyers Division of the
Philadelphia Bar Association

Mock Trial Volunteers Needed

Volunteers can make a positive impact by volunteering as a little as a few hours a week. Trial experience is not necessary: anyone with legal training can teach high school students a lot about the law and advocacy! To sign up or ask questions, contact Mock Trial Committee co-chair Joshu Harris at

Perry, Peretta and Vision Award Winners Announced

This year’s honorees are Albertine Y. DuFrayne, Esq. of Sacks Weston & Petrelli, the winner of the Craig M. Perry Service Award; Paul Kaufman, Esq. of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the recipient of the F. Sean Peretta Service Award; and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, which will receive the YLD Vision Award.

Click here to register for the YLD Annual Meeting and see these deserving lawyers accept their awards!
Registration is required. This event is free for all YLD members, and only $15 for non-member attorneys.

Reputation-Building Techniques for 2012

By Kimberly Alford Rice

As a new lawyer, there are few proactive steps you can take that are as important as building a solid reputation among your various constituents (partners within your firm; peers; professional contacts, etc.).

Focus on beginning 2012 with a few simple steps you can integrate into your daily practice which will yield long-term benefits of developing a solid reputation as a formidable expert in your chosen area of practice:

• Keep your bio (print and online) up to date and include recent achievements. Presumably, you are an over achiever so the professional accolades are not far behind. Join a professional group, settle into a leadership position with the Bar association, or take a high profile role on your firm’s charitable committee. Document these activities on your bio.
• Jump into social networking marketing by becoming actively involved in LinkedIn groups which align with your practice focus. If you have not “declared” yet, join a couple of legal-oriented groups (like Bar associations), alumni groups and/or general “young professional” groups in the area. The key here is to become active in these groups to demonstrate your leadership skills and burgeoning expertise. Actively seek connections within the groups to grow your network and reputation.
• Become a “go-to” person known for something specific…whether it’s an area of law, a chosen “cause”, or business topic…this is all part of creating your unique personal brand.
• Author articles and blog posts around a topic of particular interest and find a publication (print or online) to publish it. This lends third-party credibility to your writing and may be re-purposed many times over. It only takes scant online research to find a home for your writing and it’s well worth the effort to resume and reputation-building efforts.
• Reach out to appropriate media to cultivate relationship and provide expert commentary. Building a strong reputation in the press can be a highly valuable exercise for business development purposes. Research who covers topics in your area of legal practice (sometimes it’s the reporter who covers “legal” of a business publication) and offer relevant insights which may be helpful in future articles. Reporters are always scrambling to find reliable sources and often give preferential consideration to those who help them out.

Make 2012 a successful year in advancing your personal brand and professional reputation by taking thoughtful steps to enhancing your credibility in ways which reflect positively on you. You’ll find that this is a cornerstone for professional development for the years ahead.

Kimberly Alford Rice is principal of KLA Marketing Associates, a business development advisory firm focusing on legal services. As a law marketing authority, Kimberly helps law firms and lawyers develop practical business development and marketing strategies which lead directly to new clients and increased revenues. Additionally, Kimberly provides career management services to lawyers in transition. She may be reached at 609-458-0415 or via email at

Barristers' Association Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast Jan. 16

The Bar Association's Naomi McLaurin will be honored with The Woman of Distinction Award at this event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

The look of it is courtesy of Gene de Nicolais and his group at Forethought Consulting Group, who generously donated their services to the Newsletter for free.

Have comments, suggestions or a submission for the Newsletter? Please contact Editor Maureen Farrell at

Volunteers Sought for Legal Line in January

Legal Line takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at the Bar Association headquarters at 11th and Market Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Area residents call in for the volunteers' advice on just about any area of the law, including personal injury, domestic relations, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant and employment issues. If the caller needs further assistance after speaking with a volunteer, they are directed to the Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melanie Taylor at or Ed Beitz at

Business Law Section Annual Reception Feb. 6

Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $60 for non-Section members and $70 for non-members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

InLiquid Benefit Young Professionals Preview Feb. 9

Guests at this event will be among the first to view and place advance bids on the artwork and other items being offered. More importantly, the event offer the chance for members of various young professionals groups to meet, mingle, and network.

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 6 - 9 p.m., Crane Arts, Icebox Project Space, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia. Contact for more information.

InLiquid is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities and exposure for visual artists and designers, serving as a free public hub for arts information and resources, and making the visual arts more accessible to a broader audience through a continuing series of community-based art exhibitions and programs.