Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2012 YLD Executive Committee

Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. This year's YLD Executive Committee election will take place on Tuesday, December 6... READ MORE

YLD Executive Committee Announces Endorsements

The YLD Executive Committee met on October 17 and heard from many of the candidates for the Board of Governors Cabinet and Board of Governors. The voting members of the EC then voted to endorse the following candidates... READ MORE

YLD Happy Hour and EC Ballot Drawing Nov. 9

You're invited! Join the YLD for a Networking Happy Hour and ballot drawing for the upcoming Executive Committee election sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe at Con Murphy's an Irish Pub on Wed., Nov. 9 from 5:30-7:30. Enjoy appetizers and drink specials, the first 50 people will receive a complimentary drink ticket. RSVP is not required.

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


YLD Executive Committee Elections

Who can run?
Each year, seven new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the YLD is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 37-years-old or less in the year 2014 or, if he/she is older than 37, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2014.

What does the Executive Committee do?
Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's approximately 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee provides lawyers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth early in their careers.

The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement Form must be returned to Dawn Petit, Meetings Coordinator, the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor or via email, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2011.

YLD's Annual Harvest for the Homeless Project Kicks Off

Ways to help (cont.):
2.) Designate your office as a drop off site for clothing, blankets and non-perishables. The YLD can provide tax forms for you to provide to those that donate.
3.) Join the YLD to sort donated clothing and goods and distribute them directly to local homeless shelters on Saturday, November 5th at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP starting at 8 am. The YLD also seeks volunteers to drive donations to shelters after sorting on Nov. 5th.

If you can help with any of the above or would like more information on Harvest for the Homeless please contact Matthew Laver at or Roxane Crowley at

YLD Executive Committee Endorsements

The YLD EC voted to endorse the following candidates:

Vice Chancellor William P. Fedullo

Secretary Sophia Lee

Treasurer Joseph A. Prim Jr.

Assistant Secretary Jacqueline G. Segal

Assistant Treasurer Wesley R. Payne

Board of Governors (elect five)
Jennifer Segal Coatsworth
John J. O’Malley
Rainy Papademetriou
Eric H. Weitz
Kay Kyungsun Yu

Nominations for Andrew Hamilton Award Now Being Accepted

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or emailed to

Trying a Self-Defense Felony Case CLE Program

The Gerald Ung case was a high-profile Philadelphia criminal trial that presented a unique self-defense argument:the incident was captured on video, the defendant was a sympathetic law student who had fired six shots, and the complainant was a Villanova athlete who suffered severe bodily injury.

Panelist Jan L. McDermott prosecuted the case for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office; fellow panelist Jack McMahon defended the case. Hear a dynamic discussion of the trial strategy - including the use of deadly force, the reasonableness of the defendant’s belief that he was in danger of death or serious injury, the duty to retreat, and the treatment each attorney gave to this A-typical defendant. Two of Philadelphia’s top lawyers - defense attorney, Brian J. McMonagle, and veteran homicide prosecutor, Mark Gilson - will round out the panel and weigh in on the strategies and analyses presented.

This CLE promises to be a crackling debate amongst four renowned Philadelphia criminal attorneys presenting both the prosecution and defense perspective on a fascinating real-life case. If you handle criminal matters, it is a unique opportunity to hear from some prominent prosecutors and defense counsel about self-defense claims and gain general pointers on trial strategy.

Click here to register. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 3 hours of CLE credit in substantive law.

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

Volunteers Sought for LegalLine in November

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for sponsors and volunteers for our monthly Legal Line program for November 16. 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 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 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

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.

The Bar Academy Presents Oktoberfest Sampling Event Oct. 26

Tom Kehoe, founder and brewmaster of Yards Brewing Company, will lead this event. Tom, the husband of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter, founded Yards in 1994, making beer in a small garage-sized brewery in Manayunk. Within a few years Yards had moved to a larger facility, begun bottling its beers and introduced Philadelphia Pale Ale, which The New York Times rated as one of the best pale ales in the country. In 2008 Yards moved to its current location on Delaware Avenue which is the first 100% wind-powered brewery in Pennsylvania. This event costs $30 and members are invited to bring one guest for an additional $30. Click here to register.

3 Area Schools Seek ACE Volunteers

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

For more information about ACE, please visit

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,

Temple-LEAP/YLD Mock Trial “Boot Camp” Dec. 3

The students then have the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to practice what they have just learned by working with pairs of young lawyers classrooms of five to ten students before re-convening to watch demonstrations of the skills they practiced performed by experienced lawyers, judges, and mock trialers. The YLD needs your help to make this year’s camp a success. Please contact Paul Kaufman at for more information or to volunteer as a lecturer or break-out session leader.