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...READ MORE

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

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

Nuts and Bolts of Contract Drafting Feb. 5

PBI's "The Nuts and Bolts of Contract Drafting" begins with a discussion of the legal context of drafting, revealing outside forces that may dictate the way specific terms of the agreement are drafted or interpreted...READ MORE

Prisoner Rights Litigation CLE Feb. 27

Get an in-depth examination of major issues in prisoner civil rights litigation at a Friday, Feb. 27 CLE program. The 3 CLE credit program will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register.




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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.

Barristers' Meet the Judges Panel, Reception Feb. 12

The Barristers' Association will present a meet the judges panel and reception on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd Floor.

The judges will discuss how to get on the bench, what to do when you get there and how to make a graceful exit. A pre-discussion networking reception begins at 6 p.m. Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Timika Lane and Giovanni Campbell along with Judge Kathryn Streeter-Lewis (ret.) and Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes (ret.). RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com.

Bar Academy Dinner at Bistro 7 Feb. 25

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Bar Academy for a dinner with acclaimed Chef Michael O'Halloran of Bistro 7 with wine pairings by wine expert Robert Panzer on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Chef O'Halloran applies the precision of French culinary techniques with a meticulous eye to design, producing dishes that are complex, multilayered and uniformly delicious. Panzer will be present to talk about his selections and pairing recommendations. This is an evening for foodies, cooks, wine lovers, or anyone who enjoys the pleasures of the table in the company of others.

The menu will feature local and fresh ingredients. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Bistro 7, 7 N. 3rd St. Tickets are $75 and include all food, wines, taxes and gratuities. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Nuts and Bolts of Contract Drafting Feb. 5

PBI's "The Nuts and Bolts of Contract Drafting" begins with a discussion of the legal context of drafting, revealing outside forces that may dictate the way specific terms of the agreement are drafted or interpreted.

The program examines the meaning and implications of common performance and boilerplate provisions and includes specific drafting techniques and strategies that the lawyer can implement immediately to draft and produce legal documents with confidence.

This 6 substantive credit program will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included. For additional information or to register, click here.

Lessons Learned from James Beasley Sr. March 2

The list of prominent, successful attorneys mentored by Jim Beasley is beyond impressive - Judge Sandra Mazer-Moss, Jim Beasley Jr., Jim Colleran, Nancy Fullam, Peter Hoffman, Tom Kline and Shanin Specter.

Join these major verdict winning personal injury lawyers as they share their memories of what made Jim Beasley Sr. a nationally recognized name in plaintiff's personal injury work. Syndicated radio host (and former member of the Beasley firm), Michael Smerconish, will moderate this distinguished panel.

Listen as the lawyers share stories about what made Beasley such a success and what lessons he imparted on them that helped to shape their own careers. Get the inside line on Beasley's approach to trial preparation, handling evidence objections, telling a story to the jury and more.

The program will be held Monday, March 2 from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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

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