YLD and PADC Happy Hour and EC Ballot Drawing Nov. 9

You're invited! The YLD and PADC are hosting a Networking Happy Hour and ballot drawing for the upcoming Executive Committee election sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support at Con Murphy's an Irish Pub on Wed., Nov. 9 from 5:30-7:30... READ MORE

2012 YLD Executive Committee Election - Voting Opens Soon!

YLD Executive Committee voting starts soon! Ballots will be mailed on November 18 and are due at the Bar Association by 10 am on December 1. Anyone who does not vote by mail ballot can vote in-person at the Hyatt at the Bellevue between 8:30 am - 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6th... READ MORE

YLD's Pipin' Hot Holiday Party at Smokin' Betty's Dec. 5

You're invited! The YLD annual holiday party sponsored by LDiscovery Legal and Technology Consulting will take place at Smokin' Betty's on Mon., Dec. 5 from 6 - 9 pm.... READ MORE

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 and PADC Happy Hour and EC Ballot Drawing Nov. 9

See the YLD's own Jen Coatsworth accept the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel's Distinguished Young Attorney Award enter a raffle for two Flyers tickets from Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support. Enjoy appetizers and drink specials, the first 50 people will receive a complimentary drink ticket. RSVP is not required.

2012 YLD Executive Committee Election - Voting Opens Soon!

The candidates for the 2012 YLD Executive Committee are (choose 7):
Courtenay R. Dunn, Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg, LLP
Daniel J. Gillin, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford P.C.
Maria E. Harris, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Todd B. Jacobs, McCann, Schaible & Wall, LLC
Benjamin F. Johns, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP
Andrew J. Kornblau, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford P.C.
Erin Lamb, Law Clerk to the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo
Ashley A. Miller, Quaker Chemical Corporation
Kaitlin E. Picco, Ballard Spahr LLP
Jeffrey N. Rosenthal, Blank Rome LLP

YLD's Pipin' Hot Holiday Party at Smokin' Betty's Dec. 5

Come in from the cold and celebrate the end of the year in style with food and friends and a pipin' hot good time! Our sponsor, LDiscovery, a software company specializing in digital forensics, electronic discovery and web hosting will raffle off an iPad at this fun event! Click here to register.

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 mlaver@wglaw.com or Roxane Crowley at RCrowley@phillyvip.org.

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 Paul.Kaufman2@usdoj.gov for more information or to volunteer as a lecturer or break-out session leader.

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 nmclaurin@philabar.org.

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 Melanie.Taylor@phila.gov.

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 www.ACEcivics.org.

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, bspecker@constitutioncenter.org.

Public Interest Law Day CLE and 20th Anniversary Celebration Dec. 1

Delivering public interest law to poor and disadvantaged citizens is a job that is largely undertaken by the more than thirty public interest law organizations in the Philadelphia area, as well as the numerous volunteer pro bono attorneys. Public Interest Law Day is designed to assist these practitioners and their colleagues throughout Pennsylvania in continuing to provide high-quality legal services to this under-served population. In addition to attorneys in public interest practice, this course will be of interest to pro bono practitioners and private practice attorneys who are interested in learning more about public interest law and other timely issues affecting the pro bono community.

Planned by public interest lawyers for public interest lawyers, this program focuses on issues that are currently hot topics in the practice of public interest law.

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Pennsylvania Bar Institute
CLE Conference Center
Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Registration Info: Program will be held from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Click here to register for the CLE. Following the CLE program, the Public Interest Section will hold its 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring an Awards Ceremony, Reception and Dinner at the Loews beginning at 5:30 pm (separate registration and fee required). Click here to register for the awards, ceremony, reception and dinner.