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...READ MORE

Education Summit Oct. 9 with School Chief Hite

While Philadelphia continues to grow and flourish, public education funding remains one of our most significant weaknesses. On Thursday, Oct. 9, join Chancellor William P. Fedullo and Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite for the Philadelphia Bar Association's first-ever Education Summit...READ MORE

Nonprofit Board Service CLE Oct. 23

The Board Observer Program CLE "The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service" will provide training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board on Thursday, Oct. 23...READ MORE

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline is Oct. 3

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition...READ MORE

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...READ MORE




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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.

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 younger 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.

YLD Needs Volunteers for Harvest for Homeless Nov. 1

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" donation drive on Saturday, Nov. 1 from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP.

Over the next month, the YLD will collect and sort donations of men's, women's and children's clothing. Once the items are sorted, they will be delivered them to local homeless shelters.

The YLD is also looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firm or employer. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items. To volunteer, please contact Bob Zimmerman at rzimmerman@smbb.com.

YLD Presenting Bench-Bar Program on Social Media Policies

Don't miss the Young Lawyers Division CLE "Social Media Policies for Employers, Employees and Their Counsel" at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 17 at Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here to register.

This CLE will include a brief discussion of the scope of social media discovery and will focus on how to manage the risks of social media and how social media will affect employers' policies regarding their employees and their web presence.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association's highest honor, the Bar Medal, at the Bench-Bar's Opening Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 17. The Bar Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor and only when it is felt that someone has contributed to the justice system and/or the community in a manner that is sustained, extraordinary and worthy of emulation.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) 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.

Attendees will be able join us for "An Intimate Evening With Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals" and hear such classic hits as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "People Got to Be Free," "A Beautiful Morning" and more! Doors open at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 for the concert. Admission is free to all Bench-Bar registrants.

Full conference registration rates are $449 for members and $299 for Young Lawyers Division members, public interest and government attorneys. Registration for non-members is $599. Registration includes all CLE programing and all sponsored meals and events on Friday and Saturday.

Rochelle M. Fedullo, a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Projects and Programming Advisor to the Chancellor, is chair of the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

Sponsors for the 2014 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include USI Affinity, LawCash, Love Court Reporting, Inc., First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Insurance Adjustment Bureau, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LexisNexis, Robson Forensic, Simon Public Relations, Bellia Print & Design, CourtCall LLC, Family Law Section, FindLaw, MCS E-Document Service, MediaSmack, Pain Management & MRI, ParenteBeard, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Robert Half Legal, US Legal Support, Widener University School of Law, Workers' Compensation Section and The Legal Intelligencer. For sponsorship information, contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Click here to register.

Get Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 23

The Board Observer Program CLE "The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service" will provide training on the basics of nonprofit board service, including charitable issues raised under state and federal laws for current board members as well as people interested in serving on a nonprofit board on Thursday, Oct. 23.

The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register to attend without CLE credit.

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.

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.

Marketing Corner: What Kind of Lawyer are You?

By Kimberly Alford Rice
We have all "been there" finding ourselves too busy with client work to breathe and then the rollercoaster heads downward and we're searching for new projects. It can be challenging to devote any time to developing new work when your plate is already full. But, what happens when we've eaten what we've killed, proverbially speaking?

I work with law firm clients consistently who voice the same complaint: "I'm so busy, until I'm not." This common thread began my wheels turning on how to stabilize the perennial ebbs and flows of business development and how, if at all, can lawyers take proactive steps to get and keep momentum in their practices.

There are two kinds of private practicing lawyers: those with clients and those who work for lawyers with clients. Which one are you?

Lawyers who work with their own clients are working with clients who they enjoy and on matters they like. They are in more control of their careers, and are most likely having a lot more fun and generating greater fees than lawyers without their own clients. These are the emerging firm leaders and are often sought after by other firms.

In most cases, you can make a substantial living as a grinder, clocking away at the billable hour. But if you want to really thrive and enjoy the fruit of your labor, to enjoy the freedom that accompanies working on matters you find challenging and rewarding, rainmaking is the bomb!

Often, in the early years of private law practice, new lawyers are overwhelmed with honing their craft to even think much about developing new clients. If you understand nothing else in this article, get this: there is no silver bullet or single activity that will ever materialize clients. It is a long-term process of devising a reasonable and achievable plan (aka marketing plan), taking measured steps consistently to develop a broad network, both professional and personal; being mindful of all your audiences and maintaining contact with them, and developing a helpful spirit in genuinely wanting to benefit others (aka good karma).

Therein lies a 30,000-foot view of marketing planning, but that's it in a nutshell. As with so many other ventures, however, the devil is in the details. If you focus your non-billable time on one activity each day and track it, at the end of a year, two years, and five years, you will be pleasantly surprised at how broadly you have developed a network of prospects and referral sources from which to build a client base.

Here are a few activities you can incorporate into your busy day:

• Stay up to date on current events. This will help you communicate knowledgeably with a broad base of people in networking situations (internally and externally). Being well read on current events makes social business situations easier and more comfortable.

• Sharpen your image. Now that you are actually earning a living as a lawyer, look like one. Believe me, it matters not only to your management (you are effectively a representative of your firm) but it makes an impression (good and not so good) with anyone with whom you interact. You get one shot to make a favorable impression.

• Hang out at the Bar. Begin to develop some cred with your colleagues by attending YLD events at the local bar association and chamber of commerce. They all have young professional committees and it’s great to meet peers in similar situations as yourself.

• Get Connected. One of the most important things you can do is to develop a contact list of folks with whom you know, would like to know, and who may have some business potential, at some point. Like you, most of your peers have landed in junior positions but with time they will rise in seniority and be in a position to either make referrals or direct hiring decisions in connection to legal services. Add them to your growing network and stay in touch with them.

• Seek out a Mentor. A key to your long-term success is developing mentoring relationships. Aside from law school, some lessons are best learned by those who have “been there, done that.” It can be very mutually rewarding to learn from another’s insights, experience, and stories. Proactively seek out these relationships.

• Learn Effective Networking Skills. If practices are built on leveraging connections, networking is where the connections are made. Do not underestimate how essential networking is to your success. Seek out training to develop your networking skills. Seriously, it is not just a matter of showing up at a business function and handing out your cards. There are tried and tested methods that are crucial you learn.

Rainmakers are trained and groomed, not born. Becoming a rainmaker takes time, perseverance, and consistent behavior to develop strong professional relationships that convert to paying clients. If you are just starting out your practice, today is not too early to focus on the activities outlined above. Given where the legal landscape is in this uber competitive economy, your professional survival may depend upon it.

Remember, my mantra - marketing success comes only through the consistent, persistent massive amounts of action over a prolonged period of time. There are no magic bullets or shortcuts to success!

Kimberly Alford Rice (kimberly@klamarketing.net) is principal of KLA Marketing Associates.

Education Summit Oct. 9 with School Chief Hite

While Philadelphia continues to grow and flourish, public education funding remains one of our most significant weaknesses. On Thursday, Oct. 9, join Chancellor William P. Fedullo and Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite for the Philadelphia Bar Association's first-ever Education Summit.

Local leaders and stakeholders will share their thoughts and ideas regarding our city's public education crisis. All attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion on how to best create a path forward. The Education Summit also will be an opportunity for Support Our Schools Campaign participants to reflect on their experiences.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

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