Special Events Calendar 2014
Friday, February 7, "Kids for Cash," a new critically acclaimed documentary film featuring Juvenile Law Center leaders Marsha Levick and Bob Schwartz will premiere in theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The film chronicles the infamous Luzerne County, PA "kids-for-cash" case. "Kids for Cash" is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War." The film will run in theaters across the country throughout February and March. Visit the film's website at www.kidsforcashthemovie.com to find a theater near you. Find out more about the "kids-for-cash" scandal and Juvenile Law Center's involvement at www.jlc.org.
During the week of February 17 to 21, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its Sixth Annual Public Interest Week, which celebrates the public interest work of students, alumni, and community partners and will feature student-organized presentations on topics ranging from environmental justice to indigent defense. For more information about other programs offered during Public Interest Law Week visit the Penn Law Calendar at https://www.law.upenn.edu.
Friday, February 21, Penn Law School Public Interest Week will culminate with the presentation of the 33rd Annual Sparer Symposium: Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women’s Rights Still Matter, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Marcia Greenberger, L’70, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center. Symposium panel topics include “Recognizing Problems and Sharing Solutions: Sexism in our Communities”; “Domestic Violence and its Effects on the Family”; “Women in Immigration”; and “Trafficking Women: Legal Responses to a Global Problem.” All events and program will be held at Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. The Sparer Symposium will offer 6 CLE Credits (2 Ethics credits). The Sparer Symposium and other program presentations offered during Public Interest Law Week at Penn Law are free and open to all. To register for the Sparer Symposium, and for more information on the cost for CLE credits, visit https://www.law.upenn.edu/email-images/TPIC/sparer2014. The Penn Law School Alumni dinner will be held following the Sparer Symposium on February 21.
Thursday, February 27, the University of Pennsylvania Law School will hold its annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction in the Great Hall, Goat, Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. The silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $20 for non-students. For more information please contact Molly Kenny at email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 4, the Mazzoni Center Legal Services will hold a benefit luncheon, Justice in Action, celebrating 5 years of legal services at Mazzoni Center, at Loews Hotel Philadelphia, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia. At the event, EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum will be honored. Each year this event brings together legal professionals, law students, and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services program, which provides direct legal assistance for low-income individuals facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The seated luncheon and an awards presentation will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in Regency B (registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Regency Foyer), General luncheon admission tickets cost $75 each ($60 ticket rate for nonprofits and public interest attorneys; $50 ticket rate for law students). Register online at http://mazzonicenter.org/JusticeInAction2014.
Tuesday, March 18, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) will hold its 2014 Excellence Awards Dinner at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets cost $60 each. The Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, will present the keynote speech. The event will also feature the presentation of the 2014 Excellence Awards to the Honorable Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania State Senate, Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee; David Hill, Esquire, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Harvey Strauss, Esquire, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Ann Carson and Connie Kelley, Volunteer Paralegals, Neighborhood Legal Services Association; Linda Timberlake, Esquire, MidPenn Legal Services; Kenneth Try, Paralegal, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall; Hon. John Uhler Court of Common Pleas of York County and Robert Woods Executive Director, United Way of York County; John Whitelaw, Esquire, Community Legal Services; and Merril L. Zebe, Esquire, Philadelphia Bar Association. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.palegalaid.net.
Monday, March 31, Philadelphia VIP will host its 2014 Awards Ceremony to honor the pro bono services of individuals and firms that have said YES to low-income Philadelphians with critical legal needs. The event will be held at the Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 from 5:00 pm to 7pm. There will be a total of 17 awards given in five distinct categories. For more information, visit: https://phillyvip.org/content/volunteer-awards. Please RSVP with Tracie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215)523-9567.
Thursday April 3, Homeless Advocacy Project’s Annual April Benefit will be held at the Sofitel, from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4, Rutgers Law School will hold its“Swanky” Public Interest Auction
Wednesday, April 9, Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception & Auction, Crystal Tearoom, Wanamaker Building, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
On Thursday, April 24, the Women’s Law Project will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Myra Bradwell Awards Ceremony and Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. The 2014 Myra Bradwell Honoree is Kate Michelman, President Emerita, NARAL Pro-Choice America. The Independence Foundation will also receive special recognition at this event. For ticket information, visit www.womenslawproject.org.
April 30, HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Event 5-8 p.m.
May 13 PBA Pro Bono Conference (tentative date)
Sunday, May 18, Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates; tentative new location: Memorial Hall Course (start and finish at Please Touch Museum)
Wednesday, May 21, SeniorLAW Center 2014 Gala will be held honoring older veterans, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., at the Ballroom at the Ben. More details to come!
Wednesday, September 17, Education Law Center Annual Event at the Crystal Tea Room, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Details TBA.
ACLU of PA Bill of Rights Dinner TBA
Saturday, November 8 Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the National Constitutional Center
Friday, November 21, Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Fall Celebration & Silent Auction