City-Wide "Law Week 2006" Features Free Legal Help, Special Programs
Volunteer Philadelphia lawyers will offer free legal advice, welcome new American citizens, visit with children in classrooms and invite inner-city students into their offices Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. Thats when the Philadelphia Bar Association marks "Law Week 2006" with a host of special events and services reaching out to thousands of citizens.
The week-long law fest, sponsored by the 13,000-member Bar Association, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. The theme for Law Week 2006 is "Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers."
All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, and are coordinated by the Associations Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The YLD Law Week chair is Scott Sigman.
The following is a schedule of Law Week activities:
Monday, May 1 -- Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer Philadelphia lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of the program, the lawyers will visit different schools throughout the week to address students concerns about the law and answer questions about the legal profession. Monday, volunteer lawyers will spend the morning talking with students at John Moffett Elementary School, located at 127 W. Oxford St., at 9 a.m.
Additionally, a dramatic Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new United States citizens will be held at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 2 -- Lawyer in the Classroom continues with a program at South Philadelphia High School, Broad St. and Snyder Aves. beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 3 -- At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice at a Law Fair, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Gallery Mall in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.
At 10 a.m., and again at 2:15 p.m., lawyer-volunteers will conduct two more sessions of Lawyer in the Classroom at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 901 South Broad St.
Also on Wednesday, free legal advice will be given to those who call the LegalLine hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor.
Thursday, May 4 - Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will sponsor Jury Appreciation Day in the Jury Assembly Room of the Criminal Justice Center, at 8:30 a.m.
The final Lawyer in the Classroom event will take place at Greenfield Elementary School, 2200 Chestnut St., at 12:40 p.m.
Friday, May 5 -- Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them to their offices and into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges at the Bar Association at 8:30 a.m., and all participants are invited back to the Associations 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, during which students will recount their experiences and hear from various speakers including a keynote address by NBC10 general assignment reporter Lori Wilson.