Philly Idol Tickets on Sale Now

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...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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Represent Refugee Families in Berks County

The Immigration Law Committee is looking for attorneys to volunteer with the Berks Pro Bono Collaborative to represent families and children detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Berks County Residential Center (BCRC).

93 individuals are currently detained at BCRC, and the center is likely to double in size in the coming weeks. Most families at BCRC have either a viable asylum or withholding of removal claim based on fear of returning to their countries. Training in immigration law, interpreters and mentoring are available to volunteer attorneys.

The Berks Pro Bono Collaborative is a project of the AILA Pro Bono Committee, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and HIAS Pennsylvania.

For more information on this pro bono opportunity, please contact Katelyn Hufe at katelyn@hvlawgroup.com or at (610) 664-6271 or (302) 250-3766.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center Now Open

The Philadelphia Bar Association's new Career Center, the career hub for the legal community, is now open for business at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org.

The Career Center is geared toward both job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search and apply to more legal-related jobs than other job banks. They can upload an anonymous resume and allow employers to contact them through the Career Center's messaging system. Job seekers can also set up Job Alerts specifying skills, interests and preferred location(s) to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches their criteria.

Employers can post job openings in front of the most qualified group of legal professionals. Employers can promote jobs directly to Philadelphia Bar Association members via the exclusive Jobs Flash email as well as search the resume database to find qualified candidates.

Employers can post jobs for $250 for 30 days at careercenter.philadelphiabar.org. Use the coupon code Philabar20 at checkout for a 20 percent discount on your next single job posting for the initial 60 days the Career Center is live.

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline May 29

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2015 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions.

The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered) and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others. The chair of the competition is Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Philadelphia Bar Association event, where the award will be presented.

Entries must be submitted in electronic form via email to tmccloskey@philabar.org unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing tmccloskey@philabar.org or by calling (215) 238-6360. Visit philadelphiabar.org to download the contest rules.

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