3 Area Schools Seek ACE Volunteers

A message from ACE, our School District’s and Bar Association’s Advancing Civics Education program:

It’s not too late! Three Philadelphia schools are looking for volunteers to teach civics and the U.S. Constitution this year to 5th or 9th graders. The schools are:

Belmont Academy Charter School
40th and Brown streets in West Philadelphia

Constitution High School
7th and Market streets, Philadelphia

Lincoln High School
I-95 exit at Cottman Avenue, exit off I-95, Northeast Philadelphia


National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief Legal Officers and Law Firm Managing Partners from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia. READ MORE

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 10-28

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs from Oct. 10-28 in honor of National Pro Bono Week...READ MORE

Women in the Profession Summit on Negotiation Oct. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will present its 4th Annual Summit on Thursday, Oct. 27 with a panel discussion on the art of negotiation. Click here to register.

This summit will address effective negotiation styles, practical tips and best practices for effective negotiations, as well as, how personality and gender affect negotiation behavior. Panelists will introduce techniques to better evaluate your negotiation style and performance. Panelists include Catherine C. Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Jamie Sheller of Sheller, P.C. and Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP. The program is moderated by Judge Diane M. Welsh of JAMS...READ MORE


Online Registration Deadline for Bench-Bar is Oct. 12

Online registration for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Wednesday, Oct. 12. This year’s conference will be held Friday and Saturday Oct. 14 and 15 at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here to register.

Fifteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to 7.5 hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees. Registration is available at

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity (Diamond Level); The Legal Intelligencer (Platinum Level); Iron Mountain (Silver Level); and Jams (Silver Level). Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Conference Co-Chair Jeff Gross at or 215-512-1500.

Volunteers Sought for LegalLine in October, November

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for sponsors and volunteers for our monthly Legal Line program for October and November. Legal Line is one of the many community service programs the YLD hosts. It 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.

This year, the YLD has been fortunate to have a number of sponsors for Legal Line, such as the Family Law, Criminal Justice, Real Property and State Civil Litigation Sections of the Bar Association; The Barristers' Association and APABA-PA; and the law firms Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney and Ciardi Ciardi & Astin. Sponsors merely need to provide between 2 and 5 volunteer attorneys to man the phones. The Bar Association will provide food and drink for the evening.

Legal Line will be held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. If your firm or organization is interested in sponsoring, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melanie Taylor, Chair-Elect of the YLD at

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta, GA ; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, PA; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA; Sophia Lee, chief counsel-litigation, Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; James G. Leipold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals, Washington, D.C.; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta, GA; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York, NY; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Charles Phillip Wells, partner, Williams Mullen, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston, TX; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 12

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its annual banquet benefiting the Judge William M. Marurtani Fellowship on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Sheraton University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St.

Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general with the Civil Rights Division, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and includes a limited open bar. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be a traditional Chinese banquet by Sang Kee Noodle House.

Individual tickers are $125 and a table of 10 is $1,100. Reduced price tickets are available for students, government and public interest employees. Click here to purchase tickets online. For sponsorship information or to purchase a table, click here.

For more information, contact Erica Smith-Klocek at 215-963-5364 or email

Avoiding Mistakes in Opening a Practice Oct. 20

No matter how much you prepare, inevitably there will be unforeseen problems and mistakes. In this Thursday, Oct. 20 program presented by the Law Practice Management Committee, a group of attorneys will share some of the mistakes they have made and offer insight so that others can avoid making the same mistakes.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

National Pro Bono Week Oct. 10-28

The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

Click here for a calendar of events in Philadelphia. The celebration recognizes the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provides an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. For more information, contact Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP, at

3 Area Schools Seek ACE Volunteers

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If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please call Judge Djerassi's chambers at 215-686-7338 or contact Beth Specker at the National Constitution Center,

Women in the Profession Summit on Negotiation Oct. 27

At the conclusion of the CLE, there will be a cocktail reception sponsored by the Temple Law Alumni Association and optional "speed networking event" in which attendees will spend five-minute intervals describing their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee.

The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and register at no cost. Click here for the program without CLE credit.

Thaddeus Stevens Award Dinner Oct. 6

Following their annual Symposium on Equality on Oct. 6, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will hold its Thaddeus Stevens Awards Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Down Town Club. The night will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and Thaddeus Stevens Award presentation.

The Law Center is honored to announce that they will present the Thaddeus Stevens Award to environmental justice pioneer and emeritus Law Center attorney Jerry Balter. The Award, given out each year to individuals who have made substantial contributions to equality and justice in the issue area examined in that year's Symposium, this year recognizes Jerry's tenacious lawyering on behalf of minority and impoverished communities throughout the Philadelphia region victimized by disproportionate environmental harm. Click here to register. For more information, contact Dave Hanyok at or call 267-546-1305.