Philabundance Food Collection
at March 10 Quarterly Meeting

As part of Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III's Boots on the Ground Community Initiative, the Philadelphia Bar Association is partnering with Philabundance to host a food donation collection at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10. Philabundance food donation bins will be located near the entrance of the Grand Ballroom, as well as Philabundance staff members who can further inform you on their efforts to drive hunger from our community. Attendees are encouraged to bring high-priority items for Philabundance. Approximately one pound of food is equivalent to one meal...READ MORE

Language Access in PA Courts March 16

A CLE program "Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals: Language Access in PA Courts and Administrative Agencies" will be held Monday, March 16 from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program will highlight language access requirements that affect judges, court and agency staff, attorneys, and LEP clients, will offer advice and tools for effectively and ethically representing LEP clients, and will discuss strategies for working with interpreters before and during judicial proceedings. The CLE program will provide 3 substantive credits and 1 ethics credit. More information and online registration are available at www.pbi.org.

Meet New Federal Judges March 18

The newest members of the bench from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will discuss their experiences so far on the bench, the transition from bar to bench, any noteworthy or important procedures they have adopted, and other useful information at the Wednesday, March 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee...READ MORE

Barristers' Building Your Brand Program March 26

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. will host "Building Your Personal Brand Seminar and Panel Discussion" on Thursday, March 26 at the offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. Through this program, the Barristers' will provide insight and stimulating discussion on how attorneys can effectively build and maintain their personal brands. The program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Marshall Dennehey's Conference Center, 2000 Market St. There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. RSVP to phillybarristers@gmail.com.

Brehon St. Patrick's Celebration March 11

The Brehon Law Society Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration will be Wednesday, March 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Tir na nOg, 1600 Arch St. The event will feature traditional Irish drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as live music. Tickets are $60 at the door.

Widener Women's Law Caucus Networking Event March 13 at Fado

Widener University School of Law Women's Law Caucus will hold a spring networking event Friday, March 13 at Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust St., from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is open to students, alumni and attorneys and features free appetizers and specials. For more information, contact Stephanie Stecklair at Stephanie.stecklair@gmail.com.




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Philabundance Food Collection at March 10 Quarterly

As part of Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III's Boots on the Ground Community Initiative, the Philadelphia Bar Association is partnering with Philabundance to host a food donation collection at the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10.

Philabundance food donation bins will be located near the entrance of the Grand Ballroom, as well as Philabundance staff members who can further inform you on their efforts to drive hunger from our community. Attendees are encouraged to bring high-priority items for Philabundance. Approximately one pound of food is equivalent to one meal.

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. Judge Nelson A. Diaz, a partner at Dilworth Paxson LLP, will receive the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award 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 Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The award is presented 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.

Mindfulness and Meditation in the Practice of Law

Rule 1.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client." Inherent in being a competent attorney is the skill to be mindful and centered in order to handle the several stresses one might be confronted with throughout the day.

From dealing with co-workers and adversaries of a variety of personalities to providing services for demanding clients, all attorneys - and particularly young and new attorneys - can benefit from practical tips and strategies about how to focus mental energy to the task at hand without letting the stress be overwhelming.

Featuring a legal consultant, mindfulness instructors, professional and life coaches, and legal practitioners, this Thursday, March 12 CLE program will provide attorneys with such practical tips and ideas to better focus on "work-life balance," deal with demanding needs, and find ways to meditate and be more mindful on a daily basis. The program is presented by the Young Lawyers Division.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference 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. Click here to register.

Supreme Court Candidates Forum March 19

Several of the candidates seeking election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will participate in Decision 2015, an interactive forum hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Thursday, March 19 at 12 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Conference Center. Click here to register.

Decision 2015 will be a 90-minute moderated forum, during which candidates will be asked to make a statement about why they seek election to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, followed by a question-and-answer opportunity with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Panelists who have confirmed their participation in the forum include:

• Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Christine L. Donohue, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
• Judge John H. Foradora, Court of Common Pleas, Jefferson County
• Judge Michael George, Court of Common Pleas, Adams County
• Judge Anne E. Lazarus, Superior Court, Philadelphia
• Judge Judith Ference Olson, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Justice Correale F. Stevens, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
• Judge David N. Wecht, Superior Court, Allegheny County
• Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County

The program will be moderated by Carl A. Solano, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Appellate Courts Committee. Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III will offer welcoming remarks at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

There is no cost to attend this program. However, advance registration is required. Lunch is available for $15 for those who register in advance. Click here to register.

Effective Nonprofits and Board Promising Practices March 25

Are you serving on a nonprofit board or considering it? Come learn what an attorney acting as a board member needs to understand about his or her legal and fiduciary duties and how to effectively advance the organization's goals and mission on Wednesday, March 25 at the Young Lawyers Division Live, Lunch and Learn program.

Attendees may learn the special issues facing lawyers who serve as board members, as well as the best practices to improve board performance and productivity. Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Law, is the featured speaker.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference 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. Click here to register for lunch.

Law Week Volunteers Needed for April Events

Volunteers are needed for two of the Young Lawyers Division's signature Law Week events, Lawyer for a Day and the Goldilocks Trial during the last week of April.

Lawyer for a Day pairs high school students with volunteer attorneys who show them the real practice of law. Small student groups are paired off to spend the morning with attorneys and observe real trials in City Hall, Family Court and the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice. The students then enjoy a luncheon at the Philadelphia Bar Association where they are able to describe and compare their experiences in an open forum and hear from a well-known keynote speaker. To volunteer, please contact shabrei.parker@gmail.com.

During the Goldilocks program, second-graders from around the city are invited to City Hall to attend the trials of Goldilocks, Big Bad Wolf and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). Volunteers are needed to act in these trials. The event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. To volunteer, contact mforeman@alumni.law.upenn.edu.

Meet New Federal Judges March 18

The newest members of the bench from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will discuss their experiences so far on the bench, the transition from bar to bench, any noteworthy or important procedures they have adopted, and other useful information at the Wednesday, March 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judges expected to attend include Judge Wendy Beetlestone, Judge Mark A. Kearney, Judge Joseph F. Leeson Jr. and Judge Gerald J. Pappert. Schedule permitting, Judges Gerald A. McHugh Jr., Edward G. Smith and Marilyn Heffley may also attend.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference 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. Click here to register.

March 17 is Deadline for Philly Idol YLD Talent Show Performers

Performers interested in appearing on stage at the YLD Talent Show have until Tuesday, March 17 to submit their information. Musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, poets, impressionists and other performers are needed for Philly Idol, the YLD Talent Show, on June 4 at World Cafe Live.

Space is limited to 10 performers and each performance must be five minutes or less. Candidates are asked to provide a brief description of their performance and must be available between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Each performer must provide their own equipment. Microphones will be provided.

Candidates can send submissions (including video clips, if available) to Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 17. Candidates will be notified if they have been selected to perform. The YLD Talent Show will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

For more information about the YLD Talent Show, please contact Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org

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