MSNBC's Melber to Speak at March 10 Quarterly Meeting; Diaz to Receive Sotomayor Award

Judge Nelson A. Diaz, a partner at Dilworth Paxson LLP, will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the event...READ MORE

Law Firm Laboratory: Vetting Expert Witnesses Feb. 26

Join Caren R. Silverman for a fast-paced and revealing Law Firm Laboratory presentation on Thursday, Feb. 26 addressing how to use online resources to investigate experts...READ MORE

Lessons Learned from James Beasley Sr. March 2

Join 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. 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.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions March 6

Get a comprehensive review of due diligence essentials, including important tips to help you cover all of the bases at PBI's "Due Diligence in Business Transactions" on Friday, March 6. The program, co-sponsored by the Business Law Section, 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. Lunch is included. A total of 4 CLE credits are available, one of which may be applied toward ethics. Click here to register.

O'Connor Award Nomination Deadline March 30

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 30. Click here for the nomination form. The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. Please send nominations to the attention of: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by email to dpetit@philabar.org.




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Diaz to Receive Sotomayor Award, Melber to Speak March 10

Judge Nelson A. Diaz, a partner at Dilworth Paxson LLP, will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tuesday, March 10 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Ari Melber, a lawyer and a co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," will be the keynote speaker at the event. Visit philadelphiabar.org to purchase tickets.

The Sotomayor 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.

Judge Diaz served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He was the youngest judge elected to the court and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history. He also served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs. He is also chair of Dilworth Paxson’s diversity committee.

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.

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.

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.

Making Justice for All a Reality Feb. 24

Three dynamic women will discuss the right to counsel movement and local work to increase access to justice and the impact that Civil Gideon could have on the Philadelphia community at the Tuesday, 24 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Speakers for the program are Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper; Cathy Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; and Molly Callahan, legal center director, Women Against Abuse.

The program 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 hours notice. Click here to register.

SeniorLaw Center Gala May 14

SeniorLAW Center will honor six remarkable individuals over 60 years of age at our 2015 Gala on Thursday, May 14 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

Join Senior Law Center in recognizing the extraordinary contributions of seniors in our community by nominating a remarkable older Pennsylvanian for this award. Self-nominations will be accepted. Online submissions greatly preferred. If necessary, submissions by email or first class mail will be accepted to 6over60@seniorlawcenter.org or to Karen C. Buck, Esq., Executive Director, SeniorLAW Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1501, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 27.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities and details.

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