March 20 Deadline for Philly Idol Performers

Performers interested in appearing on stage at Philly Idol have until Friday, March 20 to submit their information. Musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, poets, impressionists and other performers are needed for Philly Idol on June 4 at World Cafe Live. Philly Idol is being co-presented by the Young Lawyers Division and The Legal Intelligencer...READ MORE

Understanding Philadelphia Zoning March 24

Moving a project through the Philadelphia zoning process can seem like a daunting task - even after Philadelphia entirely revamped its zoning code. Learn how to effectively navigate through Philadelphia's zoning approval process at a Tuesday, March 24 CLE program. This program is co-sponsored by the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee of the Real Property Section and 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. Click here to register.

Anatomy of a Superstar Deposition March 25

Join Robert Musante, one of the country’s leading teachers of deposition cross-examination skills, for a fun and supremely practical CLE on Wednesday, March 25. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Bar Academy at African American Art Exhibit April 1 at Phila. Museum of Art

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for a private guided tour of the exhibition "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art" on Wednesday, April 1 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hear about the amazing contributions of African American artists. Click here to purchase tickets.

Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers April 6

Sharon Geller, who teaches "Improv for Lawyers" at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, will present "Great Communication Techniques for Lawyers" at a Monday, April 6 CLE program. After spending 10 years in the corporate world, Geller began her career as a comedic actress and started using her improv skills to teach people how to listen better, how to think outside of the box and how to support their team players. Attendees will also learn how to appear confident and trustworthy; how to interpret non-verbal body language; and how to tell when someone is lying. 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. Click here to register.




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March 20 Deadline for Philly Idol Performers

Performers interested in appearing on stage at Philly Idol have until Friday, March 20 to submit their information. Musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, poets, impressionists and other performers are needed for Philly Idol on June 4 at World Cafe Live. Philly Idol is being co-presented by the Young Lawyers Division and The Legal Intelligencer.

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 Friday, March 20. Candidates will be notified if they have been selected to perform. Philly Idol will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

For more information about Philly Idol, please contact Tracey McMcCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org

Law Week Volunteers Needed for Lawyer for a Day, Goldilocks Trial

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 (Thursday, April 30) 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 (Friday, May 1), 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.

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.

YLD Sponsors Essay Contest for High School Juniors, Seniors

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. A $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to a Philadelphia high school junior or senior (public, private, parochial or charter school) who writes the winning essay on the question: The Voting Rights Act is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. If you were chosen to advise soon-to-be U.S. citizens at their naturalization ceremony, what would you tell them is the greatest success of the Voting Rights Act over the last 50 years?

Entries must be received by Friday, April 17 at 12 p.m. Essays will be judged on merit, with adherence to the above theme being a significant criterion for judging. Essays should be at least 1,000 words and typed or printed legibly. Please include your name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying your essay. Essay titles will not count toward the word requirement.

Mail or email essays to: Jeff Lyons, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or chackeressay@philabar.org.

The winner will be invited to read their winning essay at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia on Friday, May 1. The Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

YLD Law Week Poster Contest Open to 4th, 5th, 6th Graders

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Philadelphia public, private, parochial and charter elementary schools are invited to create a poster depicting the 2014 Law Week poster theme
"What can you do to help make sure everyone has the right to vote?"

First prize is a $125 gift card; second prize receives a $50 gift card and third prize is a $25 gift card. All entries must be received by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Posters should be produced on standard 22''X 28'' poster board. Include your name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. Submit posters during business hours to: Jeff Lyons, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Law Week Poster Contest is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. All posters become property of the Philadelphia Bar Association once received.

CLE Ethics Fun With Sean Carter April 7

Sean Carter, founder of Lawpsided Seminars, a company devoted to solid legal continuing education with a healthy dose of laughter, will present his CLE "Ethics Fun" on Tuesday, April 7.

Two sessions and four ethics CLE credits are available for this program. In the morning session, hear about the worst ethics violations of the year in the legal profession. Learn the "winners" of this year's awards for: Best Support Accomplice in Illegal Activity, Best Over-Animated Courtroom Outburst, Best Original Excuse; and so much more. Recap instances of egregious unethical behavior and learn how you can avoid the most common ethical violations

In the afternoon, examine if your legal marketing efforts can put you in jeopardy and explore the topic of lawyer jokes, whether they have any basis in fact and what they say about our adherence to the rules of professional conduct.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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