March 29, 2007
Volunteers Needed for "Law Week 2007" April 30 to May 4
Volunteers are needed to help with Law Week activities, Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4. That's when the Philadelphia Bar Association marks "Law Week 2007" with a host of special events and services reaching out to thousands of citizens.
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.
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 2007 is "Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy."
All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect Michael Pratt, and are coordinated by the Association's 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, April 30
Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood, and answer questions about the legal profession.
Tuesday, May 1
A 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. The winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will also read his or her essay.
Wednesday, May 2
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 at Market East 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.
Also on Wednesday, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line 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 3
The First Judicial District and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will sponsor the 8th Annual Juror Appreciation Day at 8:30 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center's Jury Assembly Room on the first floor to recognize the crucial public service performed by local citizens who respond to jury duty.
Friday, May 4
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 Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and his daughter, FOX 29 morning anchor Sheinelle Jones.
- To volunteer for Lawyer in the Classroom, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at 215-686-4057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like to volunteer for Law Fair at the Gallery on Wednesday, May 2, please contact Heather Herrington at 215-627-6900 x 458 or email@example.com or Kristin McKenna at 215-564-8176 or KMcKenna@stradley.com.
- To volunteer for Lawyer For A Day on Friday, May 4, please contact Scott Sigman at 215-735-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Pauline Manos at 215-546-2604 or email@example.com.