YLD, Brehon St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 12 at The Philopatrian

The Brehon Law Society and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association invite you to a St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at The Philopatrian, 1923 Walnut St. The celebration includes open bar, traditional Irish drinks and hors d'oeuvres along with live music by the John Byrne Band. Singers and musicians welcome! Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets. The celebration is sponsored by Magna Legal Services, Trinet and Forensic Resolutions.

Discounted Tickets for Please Touch Museum, 76ers

Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at two Philadelphia institutions – the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia 76ers - for a day out with the family or a night out with friends and colleagues...READ MORE

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Training Program March 14

The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program needs the investment of many pro bono attorneys to help clients negotiate affordable loan modifications, payment arrangements, or otherwise resolve clients' mortgage foreclosure cases...READ MORE

Young Lawyers Guide to Trying a Case in Philadelphia April 9

Philadelphia Association Of Defense Counsel will present "A Young Lawyers Guide to
Trying a Civil Case in Philadelphia: Part 2" on Wednesday, April 9 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Broad and Locust streets, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sessions include "Direct and Cross Examination of a Forensic Witness," "Motion Practice" and "Direct and Cross Examination of a Medical Expert." Click here to register.


Starting, Building Successful Law Firms March 17

Alan M. Feldman started his own law firm in 1987 with just a few files in a subletted office. Together with Carol Nelson Shepherd and Ezra Wohlgelernter, he presided over the firm's development into one of the region's premier personal injury boutiques. On Monday, March 17, Alan and Carol will share their thoughts on what it takes to create a successful law practice, and will answer questions from lawyers who have made, or are considering, the jump from employee to owner-operator of your own firm.

Created in 2014 by Chancellor William P. Fedullo, the Law Firm Laboratory is a free program series and ongoing incubator of innovative ideas, strategies and concepts for starting and nurturing new law firms and helping existing law firms of all types serve the changing needs of tomorrow's clients.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is NO COST to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Jazz and Rainmaking with Steve Goodman March 13

The Business Law Section will host an evening of jazz and rainmaking on Thursday, March 13 with Steve Goodman, renowned jazz pianist and senior partner and major rainmaker at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Steve will provide insights to client development, retention and growth, and then will be joined on stage by the other members of the Goodman Trio, bass player Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber, to complete the evening. Registration is required in advance. Includes hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Walk-ins are not permitted.

The evening runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. Admission is complimentary for law student members of the Philadelphia Bar Association; $10 for Association members; and $20 for non-members. Law students who are not members of the Association that register for this event will automatically be Association members for the remainder of 2014. Click here to register.

Marketing Corner: The Mantra Remains the Same

By Kimberly Alford Rice

I have coined the phrase that the only secret sauce to marketing success is the "consistent, persistent, massive amounts of energy over a prolonged period of time." That's it, but THAT'S ENOUGH.

We've worked with innumerable law firm clients over two decades and the ones who have "walked the talk" have done extremely well and the ones who started out like a rocket eventually fizzled because they would not (or could not) maintain the momentum we had helped them generate.

Let me be very clear: building and growing a prosperous practice does not happen in a day or 100 days (though you will be closer) but with incremental, strategic action steps aimed at supporting your overall business/practice goals.

Clients are well advised to identify their goals, strategize what tools will be required to support those goals, and then get about creating a productive environment to execute the tactics which support the goals.

Successful lawyers know that the quickest way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time…the same is true here. What, exactly, are you doing today to move the needle on building your book?

Kimberly Alford Rice (kimberly@klamarketing.net), is Principal/Chief Strategist of KLA Marketing Associates.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Training Program March 14

The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program needs the investment of many pro bono attorneys to help clients negotiate affordable loan modifications, payment arrangements, or otherwise resolve clients' mortgage foreclosure cases.

Volunteer attorneys are asked to put their negotiation skills to work; litigating the mortgage foreclosure case is not expected of volunteers. Volunteers need no experience in mortgage foreclosure law to participate. A training will be held Friday, March 14 at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, One Logan Square, 18th & Cherry streets, 27th Floor.

Volunteers will receive a total of 2.5 free substantive CLE credits in exchange for providing ongoing representation for two different clients in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program or for representing three clients as a temporary solution or emergency volunteer. Click here to register.

Civil Gideon Essay Contest Honors Ken Shear

In honor of the retirement of Kenneth Shear, who served as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association for 37 years, the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund" has been established by the Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to honor Shear's contributions to the Philadelphia legal community.

To raise an endowment to support the Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund, Immediate-Past Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Bar Foundation President Deborah Gross are donating seed money to begin the funding of the Essay Competition and the Scholarship Fund in order to award at least one scholarship in 2014. The announcement of the scholarship was made by Wilkinson and Gross at the December Board of Governors meeting.

The purpose of the Essay Competition is to award a scholarship of $1,500 annually to a second- or third-year law student from the Philadelphia area law schools who writes the best short essay on the subject of Civil Gideon. The student must be willing to serve as an intern for 40 hours, pro bono, to assist the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation with its endeavors through the Philadelphia Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force, the statewide Access to Civil Justice Coalition and/or future statewide Access to Civil Justice Commission and/or will serve on another pro bono project of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which project is dedicated toward equal justice for all and fulfills the purposes of advancing civil Gideon, public education in the Philadelphia School District, and/or service to the poor.

The essay must be no longer than 10 pages or 2,500 words, whichever is shorter. The 2,500-word limitation refers to the text of the submission; footnotes may be a maximum of 1,000 words (in addition to the 2,500 word maximum for text). Endnotes are not permitted.

The essay must be in seminar paper or law journal article format only; submissions in the form of a memorandum, brief, judicial opinion or other type of legal document are not acceptable. The essay may not be previously published or currently accepted for publication in any publication other than in connection with this competition. The complete rules are available at philadelphiabar.org.

All contributions to the Fund should be in the name of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with an indication in the memo field that the donation is for the purposes of the "Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition and Scholarship Fund." Please mail your check to Jessica Hilburn-Holmes, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.