YLD Needs Donations for Annual Back to School Supply Drive; Happy Hour Aug. 21

The Young Lawyers Division is once again holding its Back to School Supply Drive to obtain donations for students in economically challenged areas of the city...READ MORE

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available by Lottery; Entry Deadline is Sept. 15

Scholarships to the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 17-18 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys...READ MORE

Hot Topics in Capital Cases Part II Aug. 20

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Wednesday, Aug. 20 for Hot Topics in Capital Cases Part II and get four Rule 801 Capital Case credits and receive updates. Pick up strategy tips from the lawyers who successfully handle these cases and gain judicial insight. 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.

11th Animal Law Conference Aug. 21

Steven M. Wise will present the keynote address "Rattling the Cage: Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals" at the 11th Annual Animal Law Conference on Thursday, Aug. 21...READ MORE

Helping Global Companies Avoid Money Laundering Aug. 22

Money laundering, integrating the proceeds of crime into the legitimate financial system, has been grabbing headlines over the past year. Attorneys, whether operating in firms or as in-house counsel, are considered to be a class of people who may be "facilitators" of money laundering in the international policy realm...READ MORE




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YLD Needs Donations for Annual Back to School Supply Drive

The Young Lawyers Division is once again holding its Back to School Supply Drive to obtain donations for students in economically challenged areas of the city.

Through Friday, Aug. 22, the YLD will be collecting backpacks, notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, composition books, rulers, dictionaries, folders, binders, pencil cases, uniform shirts (light blue and gray polo shirts), copy paper, Post-it pads, Post-it chart paper, tissues and anything else that might be useful at designated donation centers across Philadelphia. All supplies will be distributed to local schools and recreation centers in Philadelphia.

Locations where donations are currently being accepted include (see below to volunteer to be a donation drop off location):

Martin LLC
Contact: Maria Bermudez
1818 Market St., 35th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar
Contact: Prince Holloway
2000 Market St., 28th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As part of the drive, the YLD will host a happy hour and will be accepting donations on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St. The happy hour is being co-sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Section and Robson Forensic.

There are a number of ways that you can contribute to this very worthy cause.

• The YLD is looking for additional drop-off locations in different areas of the city. If you agree to host a drop-off location, please arrange to have all donations brought to our central location site at 19th and Market on or before Friday, Aug. 22.

• The YLD needs drivers to deliver supplies to various local schools and recreation centers.

• Spread the word - via email, fax, phone, flyer - whatever you prefer. The YLD is accepting donations from anyone willing to give!

For more information or to register as a donation drop off location please contact Maria Bermudez at mbermudez@ssdisabilityfirm.com, Teresa Rodriguez at trodriguez.esq@gmail.com or Prince Holloway at pholloway@kolsbygordon.com.

YLD Law Star Game Oct. 1 at Campbell's Field; Get Tickets Now

Tickets are on sale now for The YLD Law Star Game with The Legal Intelligencer featuring Firm Counsel vs. In-House Counsel on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Campbell's Field, home the of the Camden Riversharks. The game benefits the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

There's not a bad seat in the ballpark, with amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline, Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. Between innings, kids can compete in Tug of War, Running the Bases with Riversharks mascots Hammerhead and Finley, dodge ball toss and potato sack races. Friends, families and kids of all ages can take part in the speed pitch, carousel and Kid Zone including a moon bounce, rock-climbing wall, inflatable Skee-Ball, and inflatable sports challenge (football toss, soccer kick and basketball shot).

At the beginning of each sponsored inning a lucky spectator will be selected to win a great prize. Souvenirs will be launched to fans with Riversharks Sling shot toss.

Fans and team members can also compete in a Home Run Derby where the winner takes 50 percent of the proceeds (details forthcoming).

For fans 21 and over, admission is $15 and includes a choice of a jumbo hot dog, chicken fingers, or hamburger and includes chips, a soda, and one beer. For attendees under 21, admission is free but no food voucher is included. An optional food/drink voucher for those under age 21 is available for $8 and includes a choice of a jumbo hot dog, chicken fingers, or hamburger and includes chips and a soda. Concessions will be open to purchase additional items during the game.

Bus transportation to and from Campbell's Field is also available for $5, with pickups at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on 12th Street between Filbert and Market streets, next to the Marriott. Buses will return to Philadelphia immediately following the fireworks at the end of the game. Advance registration is required for bus transportation.

The DELVACCA In-House Counsel team, managed by Dechert LLP, includes players from AmeriHealth Caritas, DC Consulting, Johnson Matthey, Inc., AMTRAK, Open Systems Technologies, Inc., Penske, Inc., PHH Mortgage Corporation, QlikTech, Inc., SAP America, Inc., Sunoco, Inc., Teleflex, The Graham Company and Title Resource Group, Inc.

The YLD Law Firm team, managed by The Center for Forensic Economic Studies, includes players from Blank Rome LLP; Cozen O'Connor; Fox Rothschild LLP; German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C.; Martin LLC; McCarter & English LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Post & Schell, P.C.; Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.; and White and Williams LLP.

The gates at Campbell's Field open at 5 p.m. with full access to all ballpark activities. The Home Run Derby begins at 5:30 p.m. and the seven-inning Law Star Game begins at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the final out. Click here to purchase tickets.

Nominations Sought for YLD Executive Committee

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations from any voting member of the YLD interested in serving a three-year term on the Executive Committee. This year's YLD Executive Committee election will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

For those wishing to learn more about the YLD and the election process, an information session will be held on Monday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. This is a free event for members of the YLD, however registration is required in advance. Click here to register.

Each year, seven new members are elected to the YLD Executive Committee. Any voting member of the YLD is eligible for election provided that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. A member is eligible if he/she is 37 years old or less in the year 2017 or, if he/she is older than 37, not celebrating more than his/her third year of practice in 2017.

The Executive Committee manages and directs the business and activities of the YLD's approximately 3,000 members, including oversight of more than 30 committees in the areas of public service, law-related education and service to the legal community. Being on the YLD Executive Committee provides lawyers opportunities for leadership, networking, and personal and professional growth early in their careers.

The nominating petition and personal statement must be returned to Dawn Petit, Meetings Coordinator, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or dpetit@philabar.org, no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available by Lottery

Scholarships to the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 17-18 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., are available by lottery to Philadelphia Bar Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for one night on Oct. 17 at Borgata as well as all conference fees which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events. The winners will be announced on Sept. 16 via email.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend. A total of 8.5 continuing legal education credits will be available at the conference.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery. For more information about the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, visit philabenchbar.com.

11th Annual Animal Law Conference Aug. 21

Steven M. Wise will present the keynote address "Rattling the Cage: Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals" at the 11th Annual Animal Law Conference on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Attendees will hear an update on case law and legislation impacting animals, animal owners and businesses; know more about the law as it relates to shelters, rescues and other animal welfare organizations; and discover how animal law interfaces with so many areas of practice - from estate planning to civil litigation to criminal, business and more. A total of 10 different sessions are available.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information.

Helping Global Companies Avoid Money Laundering Aug. 22

Money laundering, integrating the proceeds of crime into the legitimate financial system, has been grabbing headlines over the past year. Attorneys, whether operating in firms or as in-house counsel, are considered to be a class of people who may be "facilitators" of money laundering in the international policy realm.

In addition to risks for companies and corporate counsel, the legal profession is under considerable pressure from both domestic and international sources to implement effective risk-based measures to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. In 1989, the world’s major industrialized nations created an intergovernmental body known as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In 2008, FATF adopted risk-based guidance for the legal profession.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Applicants Sought for Board Observer Program

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, has developed the Board Observer Program.

This initiative that gives young lawyers practicing in Philadelphia the opportunity to learn more about local public interest legal services organizations and to develop leadership skills necessary to serve on the boards of such organizations as well as succeed in their careers.

Applications for the 2014-15 program are now being accepted and must be submitted by Sept. 26, 2014. For the Board Observer overview and application, please visit philabarfoundation.org/about.

Applicants Sought for FJD Judicial Fellowship Program

Philadelphia judges are seeking to host law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide the graduates with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with additional legal talent, as part of the First Judicial District's Judicial Fellowship Program. Now entering its fourth year, the Judicial Fellowship Program was created in 2011 to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates were facing.

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide high-caliber law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions. Fellows volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts. Judicial fellows' service helps our high-volume court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Judges help judicial fellows by mentoring and providing legal experience that will enhance their competitiveness for paid employment as new lawyers.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Drexel University School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple's Beasley School of Law. The Judicial Fellowship Program quickly expanded and now welcomes graduates from law schools from across the country. The Philadelphia Bar Association is a supporter of the Judicial Fellowship Program.

The application process is streamlined and selective. Prospective judicial fellows apply directly via email to judges with whom they are interest in working. Judges select judicial fellows from those applicants who apply to them directly. The list of judges with available positions for judicial fellows is provided on the Judicial Fellowship Program's website. Each judge and fellow team designs a flexible schedule (minimum of 20 hours per week) that ensures reliable service to the judge but permits the fellow to seek a paid position elsewhere. Judicial fellows do not commit to any length of service enabling them to leave the fellowship with two weeks' notice to their judge upon obtaining paid employment.

During the first three years of the program, more than 50 judges volunteered to host judicial fellows and the Court hosted 149 judicial fellows from 30 different law schools. As of February 2014, the vast majority of judicial fellows (approximately 84 percent) who left their fellowship departed for paid jobs using their legal skills.

For additional information and fellowship application forms, please visit www.courts.phila.gov/jfp

Pro Bono Road Show/Interactive Fair Oct. 2

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer a Pro Bono Road Show and Interactive Fair introducing pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 2.

This event is geared especially toward solo practitioners and members of small/mid-size firms and corporate counsel. Public interest legal services agencies will present two minute highlights about their work and how to get involved. This will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice.

The program will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A light breakfast is included. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Click here to register. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and Association of Corporate Counsel Delaware Valley Chapter (DELVACCA).

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline is October 3

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2014 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, Oct. 3 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 during the 2013-14 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University 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 also are 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. The essay will be 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 the Annual Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Essays must be submitted in electronic form via email to dpetit@philabar.org unless submission of a hard copy is requested and approved. Requests for submission of a hard copy should be made by emailing dpetit@philabar.org or by calling (215) 238-6367. Click here to download the competition rules.

Volunteer Judges Needed for IP LawMeet in Oct.

The IP LawMeet is the premier lawyering competition for students contemplating a transactional practice focused on IP. It is a transactional "moot court" - a live, interactive, educational competition designed to give law students a hands-on experience to develop and hone their transactional lawyering skills. This year the East Coast Regional Meet will be in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Oct. 17. Students will compete in teams to draft, mark-up and then fly in to Philadelphia from all over the country to negotiate a client deal around an IP issue. This year's issue is a copyright license between a movie studio and an online gaming company.

Being a judge allows you to have an impact in a very direct way on the IP practitioners of tomorrow. These students have very few similar opportunities to get unvarnished, constructive feedback on their drafting and negotiating skills that will not impact their grades or their career. We are looking for practitioners that will be able and willing to offer advice on ethics, strategy and performance that will help young practitioners serve their future clients and the profession well. Click here for more information or contact dahl@law.upenn.edu.

Two Events Benefit Komen Philadelphia

Fall is full of fun for young professionals, thanks to Susan G. Komen Philadelphia and two fabulous opportunities to network, have fun and support the fight against breast cancer.

First, relax, refine your tastes and realize how easy it is to give back at "Two Tastes in One," an evening at Bank & Bourbon at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. on Monday, Sept. 15. A $10 donation supports the cause.

Then, get set for the "exotic, electric and totally reinvented" Young Professionals Party of the Pink Thai Ball - a unique opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 18 to immerse your souls in a rich and curious Thai culture, help Komen Philadelphia save lives, and party like you love to party!

For more information, visit KomenPhiladelphia.org or call 215-238-8900.

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