ABA YLD Seeks Leadership Nominees

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is currently accepting applications for a 2014 - 2015 ABA YLD leadership appointment. The YLD of the Philadelphia Bar Association works closely with the ABA whenever possible in advocating for young attorneys, and encourages those interested in getting involved with the ABA YLD. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 15. For more information and the online application please visit the ABA's website.

Women in Law Rainmaker Forum

A four-session forum for women lawyers interested in accessing much-needed resources to develop a prosperous and rewarding practice will be presented during February. Click here for more information.

APABAPA Lunar Banquet Feb. 28

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold the 2014 Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg at jacquie.huynh@gmail.com.

SABA to Host Evening with Preet Bharara March 4

The South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia presents "An Evening with Preet Bharara" at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday, March 4. Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009...READ MORE


School Superintendent Hite is March 11 Speaker

Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at the Association’s Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, March 11.

Dr. Hite's remarks go along with Chancellor William P. Fedullo's focus on public education this year. Fedullo has created an Education Task Force to begin finding more ways that the legal community can help public education in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The Chancellor also has plans for a number of programs so Association members can learn about what is needed for a quality education for students.

Also at the event, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made substantial contributions to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson will be honored at the event. She will be presented with a gold box, a 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."

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $65 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $75 for non-members. Purchase tickets at philadelphiabar.org by Thursday, March 6. Cancellations must be received by March 6 to receive a full refund.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Program

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and we need your help to make this year another success. The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up each year to host this competition. Each spring students from approximately 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will require a 2-3 hour time commitment.

Please pass this information along to your friends and colleagues. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov or Jim Nixon at james.nixon@pacourts.us. Click here for more information.

Privacy in the Age of Terror and Twitter Feb. 10

Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA monitoring of emails and cell phones; world leaders alleging U.S. eavesdropping on their communications; terrorism spreading round the world while our government balances interests of privacy with security, diplomacy with the need to know when and how our country and its citizens could be at risk.

How do we define the line between what we want our government to do to protect Americans at home and abroad and where we believe privacy rights must prevail?

Join our esteemed panel of journalists and attorneys on Monday, Feb. 10 as they examine the latest developments in the contest between protecting liberty and core American values and achieving the highest level of national security possible. Do you think Snowden is a traitor or a patriot? Are you willing to sacrifice some liberties to assure your safety? Is our government doing the right thing? Do we need more transparency or more secrecy as the US looks to protect its citizens and its interests?

Examine these issues and weigh in with your questions and comments at this timely and always lively PBI public policy seminar. Click here to register.

SABA to Host Evening with Preet Bharara March 4

The South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia presents "An Evening with Preet Bharara" at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday, March 4. Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Since his appointment to the office, Bharara has overseen the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. The office's 210 Assistant U.S. Attorneys handle a high volume of cases involving domestic and international terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

Bharara recently made headlines for indicting the Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, and charging two Bitcoin executives for conspiring to commit money laundering. Bharara will address the topic of business ethics, and the event promises to be a one of-a-kind opportunity to hear about the renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds from the voices on the front line. Introductory remarks will be given by Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the first 75 guests will receive a free drink ticket. The program will begin at 7 p.m. following the cocktail reception. Discounted parking will be available at the National Constitution Center. Space will be limited, therefore attendees are encouraged to RSVP early. Click here to RSVP.