Judge Rizzo on Leadership, Transitions Jan. 28

Judge Annette M. Rizzo, who recently retired from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will discuss her role as a leader and how she came to make the various transitions she has made in her career path at the Wednesday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee...READ MORE

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program...READ MORE

Effective Nonprofits, Ethical Issues for Board Members

Through a discussion of basic structural issues, a review of corporate governance laws and best practices - and with insight from legal scholars and successful nonprofit directors - look at what makes a successful nonprofit work to serve its mission effectively at a Friday, Jan. 30 CLE program...READ MORE

Sadie Alexander Conference Jan. 24

The University of Pennsylvania Black Law Students Association will hosting the 27th Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference "The Voting Rights Act: 50 Years Later" on Saturday, Jan. 24. True to Alexander's legacy and mission, this year's conference will feature scintillating debates, informative judicial panels, continuing legal education credit, and, as always, a diverse and exciting forum to discuss the most important issues of social justice. Click here for more information.




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Mock Trial Competition Judges, Coaches Needed

It is once again time for the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and your help is needed to make this year's competition another success. Each year, the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University Beasley School of Law team up to host this competition. Each spring, students from approximately 30 to 40 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

Join us for an experience that is rewarding for both volunteer judges and students. Volunteers can sign up to judge as many trials as desired and each trial will require a two- to three-hour time commitment.

To view the schedule and sign up to judge, click here. This year's case material can be found at this link.

For more information, contact Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov.

Volunteer coaches are still needed for a few high schools. If you're willing to help out or if you have any questions about helping, please email Jennifer Santiago at jennifer@myjaslaw.com.

Judge Rizzo on Leadership, Transitions Jan. 28

Judge Annette M. Rizzo, who recently retired from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will discuss her role as a leader and how she came to make the various transitions she has made in her career path at the Wednesday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

HBA La Justicia Award Reception Jan. 29

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will honor Michael Lee at the 14th Annual La Justicia Award Reception on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Duffy + Partners, 1650 Market Street, 55th Floor.

Lee, executive director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equality, is being honored for his work in promoting justice and social change.

Refreshments and light fare will be served at 5:30 pm. followed by the award presentation. This event is free, however, RVSP is required. Please RSVP to Juan M. Baez at jbaez13@gmail.com.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now in its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association has been a constant supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interested in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Latest Trends in Mortgage Litigation Jan. 22

Learn the latest trends in mortgage litigation and learn from an outstanding faculty of top lawyers from the plaintiff and defense sides, in-house counsel, and federal, state and bankruptcy judges on Thursday, Jan. 22.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register. A total of 6 CLE credits are available, 1 of which may be applied toward ethics.

Best of Oil, Gas Law Colloquium Jan. 28

A comprehensive review of the hottest oil and gas topics presented at September Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, "Best of the Oil and Gas Law Colloquium" on Wednesday, Jan. 28 provides an update on litigation and governmental regulations, examination of international shale gas developments, a discussion of the regulatory oversight of pipeline infrastructure and more.

The 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit simulcast program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Effective Nonprofits, Ethical Issues for Board Members

Through a discussion of basic structural issues, a review of corporate governance laws and best practices - and with insight from legal scholars and successful nonprofit directors - look at what makes a successful nonprofit work to serve its mission effectively at a Friday, Jan. 30 CLE program.

Consider the importance of electing a strong board of directors, identifying a visionary executive director and having appropriate legal guidance as the organization outlines its mission, its policies and its structure. Earn an ethics credit and enjoy the first in PBI's three-part nonprofit series.

The program will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Click here to register.

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