Registration Closes Today: 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 16-17

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


HAP Birth Certificate Clinic at PECO Oct. 14

The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is looking for attorney volunteers for its corporate birth certificate clinic at PECO, Energy Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 14…READ MORE


Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial Oct. 18

Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial is looking for young lawyers to judge the second annual "Market Street Invitational" on Oct. 18. The tournament will host a field of up to 24 teams from schools all across the country…RED MORE


Philadelphia Legal Network "Meet the Judges" Oct. 19

Philadelphia Legal Network, a Temple University Beasley School of Law student organization, is holding its second "Meet the Judges" event at the City Hall Library on Monday, Oct. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be 39 judges in attendance. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Attendees will enter Philadelphia City Hall at Broad Street and JFK Boulevard. Registration is recommended. To register, complete this form. All questions should be directed to Cassandra Taylor at PLNTemple@gmail.com.


YLD Bootcamp Oct. 23

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will host "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, from 12-5 p.m. Topics to be covered will be interview skills, advice from the bench…READ MORE


YLD CLE Program: Will Drafting 101 Nov. 5

The Young Lawyers Division will host a CLE program titled "Will Drafting 101: The Basics and Common Scrivener Mistakes" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:30 p.m.…READ MORE


YLD Networking Meet & Greet Nov. 5

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD), emerging CPAs of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and young professionals of the Risk Managers Association of Philadelphia invite you to a meet and greet at the Pyramid Club…READ MORE


Harvest for the Homeless Nov. 7

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" donation drive. This year's event is at Ballard Spahr LLP on Saturday, Nov. 7, from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Over the next month, the YLD be collecting and sorting donations of men's, women's and children's clothing. Once the items are sorted, the YLD will deliver them to local homeless shelters…READ MORE


Volunteers Needed: Temple-LEAP Mock Trial Bootcamp Nov. 14

The Temple-LEAP high school mock trial training program is seeking volunteers for Mock Trial Bootcamp at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Klein Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 14 …READ MORE


Save the Date: YLD Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive Dec. 3

The Young Lawyers Division's annual holiday party, award ceremony and gift drive will be at Top of the Tower on Dec. 3.

Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch St., 50th Floor, Philadelphia. Registration will open soon and more details will follow in the coming weeks.



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Recent Developments and Trends in Asylum Law Oct. 14

Please join Global Philly 2015 and the Philadelphia Bar Association's International Law and Immigration Committees for a panel discussion titled "Recent Developments and Trends in Asylum Law" on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, from 4:30-6 p.m.

The program will feature perspectives from the following panelists:

  • Katelyn M. Hufe, partner, Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe P.C. (Moderator)
  • Judith Bernstein-Baker, executive director, HIAS Pennsylvania,
  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle lecturer in law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern professor of law, co-director, Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Thomas M. Griffin, partner, Surin & Griffin, P.C.
  • Jonah Eaton, Esq., staff attorney, Nationalities Service Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Cocktail reception sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP to follow. Please click here to register by Monday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.

HAP Birth Certificate Clinic at PECO Oct. 14

The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is looking for attorney volunteers for its corporate birth certificate clinic at PECO, Energy Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8:15 a.m. Volunteers need to be present promptly at 8:15 a.m. for training, or HAP will not be able to use them as this clinic is very well attended by HAP's clients. HAP is looking for 10 volunteers. Please note that this is more than just an intake-only clinic. Volunteers will be expected to perform follow up work to obtain the birth certificates for clients.

PECO headquarters are located at 2301 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Erin Lamb at elamb@rawle.com.

Registration Closes Today: 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 16-17

The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at Borgata in Atlantic City. Registration closes today, Oct. 13.

Attracting hundreds of attorneys 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. Twenty-three seminars and up to 8.5 CLE credits will be available.

Registration is available at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org. Sponsors for the 2015 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, USI Affinity, Veritext, BPU Investments, JAMS The Resolution Experts, LawCash, Robson Forensic, State Civil Litigation Section, ABC Bail Bonds, CourtCall, Family Law Section, Friedman LLP, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, National Forensic Consultants, RIMKUS, Widener University Delaware Law School, Bellia Print & Design, The Legal Intelligencer, Robert Half Legal and Sb1 Federal Credit Union®.

Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial Oct. 18

Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial is looking for young lawyers to judge the second annual "Market Street Invitational" on Oct. 18. The tournament will host a field of up to 24 teams from schools all across the country.

Two rounds will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18. Each trial is limited to no more than three hours. There will be a judges’ meeting one hour prior to the start of trial. Breakfast or lunch will be provided at this meeting, and over the course of the meeting all judges will be made familiar with the case and with the basics of judging collegiate mock trial.

Interested parties are asked to fill out this form to register. For more information, contact marketstreetinvitational@gmail.com.

Giants of the Business Bar Oct. 22

The Business Law Section is recognizing Amy Boss, trustee professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Wells Fargo History Museum, at 5:30 p.m. Hon. Jean K. FitzSimon, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will moderate. Professor Boss is one of the nation's leading commercial law scholars. She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and was the first professor and second woman to have chaired the American Bar Association's Business Law Section.

Light refreshments including beer and wine will be provided. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, McGladrey, Ballard Spahr LLP, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C. and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

The Wells Fargo History Museum is located at 123 S. Broad St. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here.

YLD Bootcamp Oct. 23

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will host "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, from 12-5 p.m. Topics to be covered will be interview skills, advice from the bench, considerations before starting your own solo practice or small firm and how to succeed in your first year as an attorney and how to gain experience.

The YLD Bootcamp will be followed by a networking happy hour at the Field House.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. and the Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. The cost of the YLD Bootcamp is $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day. For more information and to register, click here.

The Inside Scoop on Nonprofit Board Service Oct. 29

This CLE program 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 for people interested in serving on a nonprofit board.

This 1.5 substantive credits program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

YLD CLE Program: Will Drafting 101 Nov. 5

The Young Lawyers Division will host a CLE program titled "Will Drafting 101: The Basics and Common Scrivener Mistakes" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor Conference Center, on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:30 p.m. This program will explore the basics of will drafting and will provide tips to avoid the most common scrivener mistakes.

Key topics which will be addressed:

  • The general format and outline of a basic will
  • Various types of wills, including simple wills and complex wills
  • Specific clauses and their purposes
  • Common scrivener errors and tips to avoid them

The program has been approved for one substantive CLE credit. The Philadelphia Bar Association is located at 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $9 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. For more information or to register, cliek here.

YLD Networking Meet & Greet Nov. 5

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD), emerging CPAs of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and young professionals of the Risk Managers Association of Philadelphia invite you to a meet and greet at the Pyramid Club on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. The Pyramid Club will offer complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

The Pyramid Club is located at 1735 Market St. Space is limited. Registration is required by Nov. 2 and credit card payment is required for all transactions at the Pyramid Club. For more information and to register, click here.

Harvest for the Homeless Nov. 7

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" donation drive at Ballard Spahr LLP. This year's event is at Ballard Spahr LLP on Saturday, Nov. 7, from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Over the next month, the YLD will be collecting and sorting donations of men's, women's and children's clothing. Once the items are sorted, the YLD will deliver them to local homeless shelters.

Volunteers are needed to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firms or employers. Volunteers will also be needed on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items.

Ballard Spahr LLP is located at 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Shea at ashea@griesinglaw.com.

Volunteers Needed: Temple-LEAP Mock Trial Bootcamp Nov. 14

The Temple-LEAP high school mock trial training program is seeking volunteers for Mock Trial Bootcamp at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Klein Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 14. Volunteers will work with Philadelphia County high school mock trial participants in pre-arranged sessions on their materials for the 2016 Philadelphia County High School Mock Trial Tournament. Volunteers can sign up for the morning session (8-11:30 a.m.), the afternoon session (12-4 p.m.) or both.

Temple University Beasley School of Law is located at 1719 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Volunteers should contact Paul Kaufman at Paul.Kaufman2@usdoj.gov to sign up or to receive more information about the program.

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).

Ninety-three 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@gthpc.com or at (215) 437-0392.

Message From the Chancellor: Clemency Project 2014 Seeks Volunteers

As Philadelphia lawyers, the Philadelphia Bar Association asks for your assistance with Clemency Project 2014. Clemency Project 2014 is a working group made up of the American Bar Association, The American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Federal Public and Community Defenders and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fortunately, in recent years there have been changes in the law and charging policies that have relaxed some of the harshest sentencing practices. However, many of these changes are not available to those who were sentenced prior to recent reforms. And that is where the Obama administration's clemency initiative comes into play. The President's clemency initiative presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reverse the ravages of harsh sentencing policies that have ruined the lives of thousands of non-violent offenders and their families. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying petitioners who appear to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Justice and recruiting and training volunteers to assist them in securing clemency. There are countless inmates who can benefit from this program, but they need lawyers to help. And they need lawyers now.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

Philadelphia Bar Career Center

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.

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