YLD Networking Meet & Greet Nov. 12

Enjoy networking with Emerging CPAs and the PICPA and Young Professionals of the Risk Managers Association of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd Floor. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will be available. Dress code is business casual. This is a YLD members only event and registration is required. Click here to register.

FJD Judicial Fellowship Program Seeks Law School Grads

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...READ MORE

Barristers' Turkey Drive Nov. 22

The Barristers' Association is gearing up for its Annual Turkey Drive, where Thanksgiving dinner packages are provided to hundreds of families. This year's Turkey Drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at Cozen PAL Center, 732 N. 17th St. To donate to the Turkey Drive, please visit phillybarristers.com. To volunteer, email Amber Racine at amracine@raynesmccarty.com.

Free Library of Philadelphia Gala Dec. 6

Come join the Free Library of Philadelphia's annual fundraising gala for a fraction of the full ticket cost! The after party is being hosted by The Raven Society, the Library's group of dedicated supporters in their 20s and 30s. This black-tie event is a great opportunity to socialize with the Library donor community and other engaged young Philadelphians, cut a rug on the newly renovated fourth floor, and support the Free Library while doing so. The event will be held at the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 6 starting at 9 p.m. and features open bar, lavish dessert bar, and dj and dancing until midnight. Admission is $125 for Raven Society Non-Members, $100 for Raven Society Members, and $150 for Raven Society Membership and After Party ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit freelibrary.org/ball.


YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee Dec. 9

Ten candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 9 election.

The candidates are Ryan Briskin, Mario D'Adamo III, Caitlin M. Donnelly, Melanie J. Foreman, Dana Gittleman, Lindsay H. Schoonmaker, Ashley K. Shea, Franklin R. Strokoff, Thomas J. Szymanski and Anna B. Will. Executive Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 20 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III, a partner with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will outline his plans for 2015 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Click here to purchase tickets.

Mark A. Aronchick, a shareholder in Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Also at the event, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented. The Bar Association will also honor the winner of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition

YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students, New Lawyers Nov. 14

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at the fifth annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Nov. 14.

The topics and presenters for the 2014 YLD Bootcamp are:

Interview Skills with panelists Linsey B. Bozzelli, Attorney Recruiting Committee Chair, Blank Rome LLP; Jason B. Conn, Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation; Austin R. Freundlich, Founder, Freundlich & Littman, LLC; and Jason Y. Mandel, Director of Legal Recruiting, Alevistar Group.

Advice from the Bench with Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division; Judge Anne E. Lazarus, Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Judge Timothy R. Rice, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Considerations Before Starting Your Own Solo Practice or Small Firm with Vern Anastasio, The Anastasio Law Firm; Brad V. Shuttleworth, Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC; and Matthew Toll, Law Offices of Robert J. Garnick.

You Passed the Bar, Now What?: How to Succeed in Your First Year As an Attorney, and How to Gain Experience with Grant G. Berger, Fidelity National Law Group; D. Max Friedman, Hovatter, Friedman & Stofman, P.C.; Jamie M. Gershkow, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Dana B. Ostrovsky, Fidelity National Law Group; and Brandon R. Sher, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford, P.C.

The cost is just $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day. The program will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bart Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

A YLD Networking Happy Hour follows the boot camp at the Field House, 1150 Filbert St. and is sponsored by Love Court Reporting. Registration is required for the Happy Hour. Click here to register.

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 in 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 Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University 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 has been a constant 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 interested 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.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have 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

Nov. 26 Chancellor's Forum: Champions of Negotiation

Professional boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world, creating superstars such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes. But, who really understands what happens behind-the-scenes, negotiating contracts and compensation, licensing for match footage, and how a match will be promoted on television?

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as we welcome retired world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, his boxing career attorney Judge Jack Panella, and Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, a retired boxer and daughter of Joe Frazier, as they discuss their careers and experiences negotiating contracts and the many provisions of a match.

Judge Jack Anthony Panella was elected statewide to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 2003, and sworn into office as an appellate judge on January 9, 2004. From 1982 to 1991, Judge Panella maintained his law practice as a sole practitioner; his clients included Larry Holmes and the late Al Loquasto, a former professional race car driver champion.

Larry Holmes, known as "The Easton Assassin," was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1978 to 1985, with a professional record of 69 wins, six losses and 44 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2008, and is second only to Joe Louis for the longest title run in heavyweight history.

Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde was elected Municipal Court Judge in 2007. She earned her BA in Justice from American University and JD from Villanova University School of Law. On the second floor of Joe Frazier's Gym, for approximately 17 years, she practiced law and served as in-house counsel for Smokin' Joe Frazier Inc. Judge Frazier-Lyde also is a professional and amateur Sports Hall of Famer. She is a former five-time champion boxer who began boxing at age 37. She has won world championships in three different weight classes, with nine knockouts. Judge Frazier-Lyde and her father, former world heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier, are the first father and daughter world champions in world boxing history.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Navigating Lawyer Rating Sites Nov. 20

Harper J. Dimmerman will present "Navigating Avvo and Other Online Lawyer Rating Sites" at the Thursday, Nov. 20 meeting of the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register. The program is sponsored by LawPay.