MSNBC's Ari Melber is March 10 Quarterly Speaker

Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon...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

Law Firm Laboratory: Vetting Expert Witnesses Feb. 26

Several years ago, defense counsel won a jury verdict for its client in a state court action in Arizona. However, after the jury had rendered its verdict, the judge discovered that the defense expert had lied about his qualifications. The judge not only ordered a new trial but also sanctioned the defendant more than $500,000. Join us for a fast-paced and revealing presentation on Thursday, Feb. 26 addressing how to use online resources to investigate experts...READ MORE

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...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




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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.

MSNBC's Ari Melber is March 10 Quarterly Speaker

Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Melber also writes about law and politics for MSNBC.com and other publications. Melber anchors and writes an MSNBC series on inequities in the criminal justice system, Presumed Guilty, and he is a guest host for MSNBC shows such as "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "All In with Chris Hayes."

Melber also is a correspondent for The Nation magazine, the oldest political weekly in America, a contributor to Reuters, and his writing has been published by many major media outlets.

Also at the event, the Association will present the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Immediate-Past Chancellor William P. Fedullo will be honored at the event. He will be presented with a gold box, a replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

Additionally, The Justinian Society and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation will present the Lifetime Achievement Award in Memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona to an outstanding member of the bench or bar who acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $65 for members; $55 for YLD members, public interest and government members; $25 for law student members; and $75 for non-members. Visit philadelphiabar.org to purchase tickets.

X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Feb. 11: What's Your Space Worth?

How do you know the true value of your office space? In the "Love Your Space? What's it Really Worth?" program of the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series on Wednesday, Feb. 11, real estate experts Carol Huff and Joe Pasquarella will discuss the valuation of leases, and spaces ranging from the small home workplace to the large skyscraper. They will also discuss how owners and landlords can affect lease values, as well as how values can change based on the cycles of the economy. Attendees walk away with tools to valuate their leases and buildings.

Carol Huff, principal at Real Estate Investment Strategies, has spent more than 35 years in the commercial real estate business representing tenants. During this time, she has also saved her clients tens of millions of dollars in lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

Joe Pasquarella is the senior managing director of Integra Realty Resources in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. He has been actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting since 1973, and has extensive experience valuing regional malls, central business district office buildings, warehouses, hotels and parking garages. Pasquarella has served clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies at all levels. He has led teams of Integra experts in the portfolio valuations of multiple properties throughout the U.S. for corporate, financial and institutional clients.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register.

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.

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.

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

Law Firm Laboratory: Vetting Expert Witnesses Feb. 26

Several years ago, defense counsel won a jury verdict for its client in a state court action in Arizona. However, after the jury had rendered its verdict, the judge discovered that the defense expert had lied about his qualifications. The judge not only ordered a new trial but also sanctioned the defendant more than $500,000. This is but one example of why attorneys today need to investigate not only opposing counsel's experts but their own.

Join us for a fast-paced and revealing presentation on Thursday, Feb. 26 addressing how to use online resources to investigate experts. Even if you are not the one who actually conducts the research, just knowing what resources are available may help you to be better prepared in vetting your own experts and finding damaging information about the opposition's.

The presentation will be conducted by Caren R. Silverman, Esq., Client Relations Specialist for LexisNexis. In her role, Silverman not only monitors the legal industry to identify trends and potential future developments but also consults with law firms and corporations across the country to discuss their challenges and needs. In her 17 years with LexisNexis, she has conducted more than 500 presentations.

Silverman received her B.A. from Penn State University and her J.D. (cum laude) from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to joining LexisNexis, she was a litigator for more than three years with Goldfein & Joseph in Philadelphia.

The program, sponsored by LexisNexis, begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

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