Candidates for YLD Executive Committee: Vote Online Now

This year, nine candidates are seeking election to seven seats available on the YLD Executive Committee. Committee members serve threeyear

Members received their ballots in an email on Monday, Nov. 21 with instructions. Online voting will end on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. 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 or reached the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached or reached
the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

Candidates for office are:

  • Robert H. Bender Jr.
  • Eli H. Klein
  • Negar M. Kordestani
  • Hillary N. Ladov
  • Catelyn McDonough
  • Jason W. Poore
  • Stephanie Stecklair
  • Andre J. Webb
  • Michael C. Witsch

For more information on the candidates, click here.

YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Nov. 30: Register by Nov. 23

Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer and friends of the YLD at Top of the Tower on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Help support Turning Points for Children by donating new pajamas, books or toys.

At the party, we're proud to be presenting the F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Meghan Claiborne, John Coyle and Jamie Gullen; the Craig M. Perry Service Award to Philip D. Amoa; and the Vision Award to U.S. Legal Support, Inc.!

The party is generously sponsored by U.S. Legal Support and Ardent Credit Union.

Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch St., Three Logan Square, 50th Floor, Philadelphia. Please register by Nov. 23. For more information and to register, click here.

Annual Meeting Luncheon - December 8, 2015 - Introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross

2016 Annual Meeting Introducing Our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross Dec. 7

Join us at the 2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon, introducing our 90th Chancellor Deborah R. Gross, in the Grand Ballroom at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m…READ MORE

Upcoming Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Courses

The Philadelphia Bar Association, a statewide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, offers CLE courses to lawyers and members of the business and legal communities throughout the region. Lawyers and other professionals can turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for convenient, high-quality, low-cost CLE courses on the latest issues, legislation and regulations.

As an added benefit, Philadelphia Bar Association members will be able to receive six free CLE credits that will be offered as three, two-credit courses on dates to be announced.

Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE

CLE - Bridge the Gap Nov. 22

Tell Your Colleagues - BRIDGE THE GAP course is available at the Philadelphia Bar Association

In recent years, the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has recorded an increasing number of complaints filed against newly admitted attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct which directly relate to the practical aspects of operating a law office…READ MORE

CLE - Annual Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Refresher With Professor Jules Epstein Nov. 29

Hosted by the Criminal Justice Section

This annually anticipated and widely acclaimed one hour evidence law refresher, presented by Professor Jules Epstein, will examine recent evidence decisions in Pennsylvania, as well as the law of witness and mental health record privilege. Professor Epstein will also highlight new developments in the area of forensic science evidence in the courtroom…READ MORE

CLE - VIDEO ENCORE: Mediating a Landlord Tenant Dispute Nov. 30

Lunchtime training for volunteer attorneys to handle landlord tenant disputes.

In 2009, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Bar Association launched the successful Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program (LTAMP). Through LTAMP, volunteer lawyers admitted to practice at least four years meet with parties in landlord tenant disputes that have been appealed from Municipal Court to the Court of Common Pleas before trial and attempt to bring the parties to an agreement through mediation. LTAMP saves the court valuable trial time and provides lawyers with an opportunity to use transactional and contract skills in a pro bono setting…READ MORE

CLE - Mindfulness in Practice Dec. 1

Business Law Section Mindfulness Series

Join us for the fourth and final program in the Business Law Section Mindfulness series. Building on the Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindful Decision-Making and Leading Mindfully CLE programs, this program explores mindfulness in your everyday practice. The program centers around interactive activities to apply mindfulness in your work with a focus on ethics…READ MORE

Full course calendar here.

Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email


Hillel at Temple University First Law Cocktail Reception Nov. 29

Hillel at Temple University is hosting its First Law Cocktail Reception event at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. with special guests: Temple University Provost JoAnne A. Epps and Fran Dunphy, head men's basketball coach. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Hillel student leaders and current law students as well as connect with Richard M. Englert, Temple University president, and Gregory N. Mandel, interim dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Guests can mingle, schmooze, have fun and learn about the amazing work that Hillel is doing to provide for Jewish Life at Temple. The committee is trying to raise funds for Temple Hillel's undergraduate programming. Temple Hillel's mission is for every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. They provide social, educational and cultural programming for all students, administrators and faculty at Temple.

Reed Smith LLP is located at Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Suite 3100, Philadelphia. To register, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Young Friends of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. They partner with court-involved youth, their families and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing and employment. Their ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

For more information on how to volunteer, click here.

Volunteer Panels Needed for Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invites you to join one of its prisoner civil rights and employment panels.

The members of the prisoner civil rights panel provide legal representation to prison inmates for constitutional violations by law enforcement officers before the inmate was incarcerated that relate to the matter(s) for which the inmate is then incarcerated.

The employment panel members represent plaintiffs in cases that are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ot 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and state claims which can be properly appended to federal employment claims.

For further information about joining the prisoner civil rights panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Stephen D. Brown Esq. at (215) 994-2240 or Samuel W. Silver Esq. at (215) 751-2309. To learn more about the employment panel, please contact Panel Coordinators Alan B. Epstein Esq. at (215) 241-8832 or Ari R. Karpf Esq. at (215) 639-0801. The Court's Volunteer Panel Administrator, Elaine Battle, can be reached at (267) 299-7034.