Last Day to Purchase Tickets Dec. 2 (Price Increase at Door): YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 3

The Young Lawyers Division's (YLD) annual holiday party, award ceremony and gift drive will be at Top of the Tower on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m…READ MORE

Annual Meeting Luncheon Dec. 8

Chancellor-Elect Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will outline his plans for 2016 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8…READ MORE

Notice to Members of the Young Lawyers Division

At its meeting on Nov. 23, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Executive Committee adopted amendments to the YLD Bylaws. In accordance with YLD Bylaws Paragraph 7.1, the YLD Bylaws "may be amended only by action taken at a duly convened meeting of the Division and at which a quorum is present by the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting Members."

You are hereby notified that the amendments to the YLD Bylaws will be considered for adoption at the YLD Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 6 p.m., at Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., Three Logan Square, 50th Floor, Philadelphia.

The proposed amendments to the YLD Bylaws are linked in two versions: one showing mark-ups and the other as a clean copy with amendments incorporated.


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All work must be original and previously unpublished.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


Last Day to Purchase Tickets Dec. 2 (Price Increase at Door): YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 3

The Young Lawyers Division's (YLD) annual holiday party, award ceremony and gift drive will be at Top of the Tower on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. The event will feature the presentations of the Craig M. Perry Service Award, the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Vision Award. Erin Lamb, associate at Rawle & Henderson LLP, will also be recognized as the incoming 2016 chair of the YLD.

Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor, Philadelphia. For more information and to register by Dec. 2, click here.

Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door.

Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam (Winter Gala) Dec. 5

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia's Raven Society (Young Friends) at its Raven Society Jabberwocky Jam in the Skyline Room and Terrace of the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. It will be an extravagant evening of Mad Hatter fun and fundraising for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The gala will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's mind-bending classic "Alice In Wonderland" in black-tie style or whimsical Alice attire. $100 for Raven Society members and $125 for non-Raven Society members. Ticket includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and open bar.

Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets. For questions please contact Josephine Lewis at

Affinity Bar Holiday Party Dec. 7

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, South Asian Bar Association, Asian Pacific Bar Association of Pennsylvania, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, National Bar Association Women Lawyers' Division, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic National Bar Association and US Legal Support for the annual affinity bar holiday party at Cuba Libre on Monday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a gently used coat for a coat drive to benefit the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. All coats and sizes will be accepted.

Cuba Libre is located at 10 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia. For more information or to register, click here.

Annual Meeting Luncheon Dec. 8

Chancellor-Elect Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will outline his plans for 2016 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon at Hyatt at The Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 8. at 12 p.m.

The Philadelphia Bar Association will be presenting two awards at the Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

The 2015 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. The 2015 award will be presented to Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper, President Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

The 2015 PNC Achievement Award honors a member who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice. The 2015 award will be presented to two members, A. Harold Datz, of counsel at Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer, & Kupersmith, P.C., and David Richman, of counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Hyatt at The Bellevue is located at 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information on the Annual Meeting Luncheon and to register, click here.

Board Observer Program Complimentary Year-End Reception Dec. 8

The Board Observer Program cordially invites you to its complimentary year-end reception at the offices of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP at 5 p.m. Hosted by Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III, the event will feature a keynote by Pedro Ramos, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. The Board Observer Program is an initiative of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Young Lawyers Division and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Registration includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is located at 1600 Market St., 36th Floor, Philadelphia. Advance registration is required by Dec. 3. To register, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Represent Refugee Families in Berks County

The Immigration Law Committee is looking for attorneys to volunteer with the Berks Pro Bono Collaborative to represent families and children detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Berks County Residential Center (BCRC).

Ninety-three individuals are currently detained at BCRC, and the center is likely to double in size in the coming weeks. Most families at BCRC have either a viable asylum or withholding of removal claim based on fear of returning to their countries. Training in immigration law, interpreters and mentoring are available to volunteer attorneys.

The Berks Pro Bono Collaborative is a project of the AILA Pro Bono Committee, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and HIAS Pennsylvania.

For more information on this pro bono opportunity, please contact Katelyn Hufe at or at (215) 437-0392.

Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at