Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in Social Media May 13

The Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "The Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in a Social Media Environment" on Wednesday, May 13...READ MORE

Nominees Sought for LGBT Rights Rosenblum Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee's Law Student Advocacy Award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum, the late legal director of Mazzoni Center, a tireless attorney and advocate, and an LGBT organizer while in law school...READ MORE

Effective Online Marketing May 20

Join a discussion of practical approaches to creating an online marketing strategy for smaller law firms at the Wednesday, May 20 Law Firm Laboratory program. Learn the reasons why a strong online marketing plan is essential to your practice, and how to measure the effectiveness of your online marketing...READ MORE

Judge Lewis to Speak, Honor for Carr at June 9 Quarterly

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS), will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event...READ MORE

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar at Borgata

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City...READ MORE




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Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in Social Media

The Workers' Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "The Ethics of Legal Marketing and Law Practice in a Social Media Environment" on Wednesday, May 13.

Speakers Ryan G. Gatto and Justin S. Moriconi will discuss how courts and state bars are addressing the legal ethics issues arising from attorneys' use of social networking sites, law firm websites and blogs to promote their services. The panelists will discuss how to stay on the right side of the ethics line when marketing legal services. Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter have joined blogs and firm websites as viable arenas for marketing.

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.

The program will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets. Click here to register. A Happy Hour follows at Finn McCool's, 118 S. 12th St. from 4 to 7 p.m. Registration includes one drink ticket, appetizers and drink specials. You do not need to attend the CLE program to attend the Happy Hour.

Effective Online Marketing Strategies May 20

Join a discussion of practical approaches to creating an online marketing strategy for smaller law firms at the Wednesday, May 20 Law Firm Laboratory program. Learn the reasons why a strong online marketing plan is essential to your practice, and how to measure the effectiveness of your online marketing.

Speakers for the program are Jennifer Boyd and Chris Fahrun, senior client development consultants for FindLaw. A part of Thomson Reuters Legal, FindLaw focuses on connecting small law firms to prospective clients by providing a range of marketing solutions that work.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Committee and co-sponsored by the Solo, Small & Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

Judge Lewis to Speak, Honor for Carr at June 9 Quarterly

Hon. Timothy K. Lewis will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Judge Lewis, counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner.

Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services (CLS), will be presented with the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event. Carr served as a staff attorney at CLS for 11 years before becoming director in 1995, specializing in public benefits case litigation, including access to welfare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits.

The O'Connor Award is presented to 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.

Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States.

New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. Click here to purchase tickets.

The June 9 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Registration Now Open for Bench-Bar at Borgata

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Attracting hundreds of lawyers and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

Registration is available at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org. Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity, Love Court Reporting, Inc, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, Bellia Print & Design, RIMKUS, BPU Investments and The Legal Intelligencer.

Tickets on Sale Now for Philly Idol Talent Show June 4

Join your colleagues and friends for an unforgettable night at Philly Idol on Thursday, June 4 at famed music venue, World Café Live, with performances by some of your favorite attorneys as they sing, dance, perform magic and do impressions all for your vote while raising money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

The night's entertainment includes the house band "Class Action" and performances by singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and impressionists. Click here for the full entertainment lineup.

The event is presented by the Young Lawyers Division along with The Legal Intelligencer and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live - Downstairs Live, 3025 Walnut St. Ticket prices include savory hors d'oeuvres, Italian buffet and open bar. Standard package includes select beer and wines only. Premium package includes premium bar, beer and wine. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.

Celebrity Champion sponsor for Philly Idol is Martin Law. For sponsorship information, please contact Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Bar Foundation Golf/Tennis Classic June 15

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 27th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic moves to Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli on Monday, June 15.

Waynesborough is a par-71 design, featuring four challenging and picturesque par 3s. The level of excitement remains at an unsurpassed high from the first tee to the last putt on the 18th green. Waynesborough's beautiful, two-story tennis pavilion, unveiled in May of 2007, is surrounded by 10 meticulously maintained Har-Tru® courts (six with lighting for evening play) and two recently resurfaced hard courts (one with a backboard).

Golf registration is $475 per person, $350 for judges and YLD members. Registration for tennis is $200. Registration also includes the cocktail reception and dinner. Click here for sponsorship and registration information.

Barristers' Scholarship, Awards Gala May 16

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will honor the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lillian H. Ransom at its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, May 16.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will be presented with the Cecil B. Moore Award and Judge Ransom will receive the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award. Prince Atlee Thomas will receive the J. Austin Norris Award.

The black-tie gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information, contact Shabrei Parker at shabrei.parker@gmail.com.

LFMC Public Service Awards Nominations Due May 28

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Awards to be presented to two associates at Philadelphia law firms who have been practicing law for five years or less. The awards will be presented at the Third Annual City-Wide Summer Associates Reception on Tuesday, June 23.

The awards will honor young attorneys who have made a difference in Philadelphia through extraordinary pro bono representation or public service to individuals or entities that address the challenges faced by communities of need in the City of Philadelphia. These Public Service Awards are made in support of Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III's commitment to expand the role and direct involvement of members of the Philadelphia Bar Association in public service and making a difference in the lives of people in our community. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, May 28.

Nominations must be made in writing and no longer than two typed pages. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey via email at tmccloskey@philabar.org or by mailing to: Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o LFMC Public Service Awards Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Significant accomplishments in pro bono representation of a client or clients;
  • Significant service and leadership for an organization whose mission is to address the challenges of communities of need in Philadelphia;
  • Significant service and leadership in establishing a new organization designed to address the challenges of a community of need in Philadelphia; and
  • Excellent and exemplary non-legal leadership of a charitable organization in Philadelphia.

Nominees Sought for LGBT Rights Rosenblum Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee's Law Student Advocacy Award honors the memory of David M. Rosenblum, the late legal director of Mazzoni Center, a tireless lawyer and advocate, and an LGBT organizer while in law school.

The David M. Rosenblum Law Student Leader Award is open to law students who have shown a commitment to the LGBT community.

Nominees must have been enrolled in good standing in an accredited law school in the Greater Philadelphia Area for at least one semester during the 2014-2015 academic year. All such law students are eligible, regardless of orientation or gender identity.

The following criteria will be considered. Nomination letters should focus on one or several of these criteria:

  • Nominee is significantly dedicated to LGBT legal issues;
  • Nominee's work (in or out of school) has had an impact on the LGBT community;
  • Nominee has shown a commitment to action (e.g., organizing campaigns, groups or events; clinical work, lobbying, canvassing, publishing);
  • Nominee has shown leadership skills through inspiring collaboration and/or staking out brave positions.
Candidates may be nominated by others or may nominate themselves. Regardless of who nominates the candidate, the nomination submission must be accompanied by at least one endorsement and letter of recommendation written and signed by a person other than the nominee. Nomination letters should be concise and no more than 1,000 words. Nominations should include the candidate's name, school, year, telephone number, email address and mailing address. Nominations should also include any endorser's name, telephone number, email address and mailing address.

Nomination documents are to be submitted, via e-mail, to BOTH Committee co-chairs - Rebecca Levin, Esq., at RLevin@JPLaw and Jeremy C. Rosenbaum, Esq., at JCR@JeremyRosenbaum.com.

Nominations should be in PDF format. Nominations are due Friday, May 15. The award will be presented at the Committee's Summer Associates Event on June 16, 6-8 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St.

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