How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Workshop Oct. 28

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates will host a volunteer-training CLE workshop titled "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" at PBI Conference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28…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"…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 scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP. 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


Business Law Section & YLD Speed Mentoring Event Nov. 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to attend a roundtable mentoring program at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.…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 on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Klein Hall…READ MORE




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How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Workshop Oct. 28

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates will host a volunteer-training CLE workshop titled "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" at PBI Conference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program will give step-by-step instructions on the standards of practice for lawyers who represent children in abuse and neglect cases.

This 4.5 substantive and two integrated ethics credit workshop will certify registrants to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County.

PBI Conference Center is located in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Market and Juniper streets. For more information or 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.

Business of Law Program Nov. 6

The Large Firm Management Committee will present "Business of Law Program: A Primer for Law Firm Associates and Law Clerks" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Friday, Nov. 6, from 2-5 p.m. Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Large Firm Management Committee for its inaugural Business of Law Program, where seasoned industry professionals will provide law firm associates and law clerks with an afternoon of key information vital to a successful career. From business development to ethics and professionalism best practices, this comprehensive program provides an opportunity for law firm associates and law clerks to gain a unique perspective on the ins and outs of what it takes to be a well-rounded lawyer.

The program will be followed by a networking happy hour at U-Bahn, sponsored by U.S. Legal Support.

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is located in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Market and Juniper streets, and U-Bahn is located at 1320 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. There is no cost to attend, however advanced registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 3. 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 scheduled for 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.

Andrew Hamilton Benefit Bash Nov. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation (Foundation) will host its Andrew Hamilton Benefit Bash at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Join the Foundation for an evening of honoring pro bono and public interest attorneys who are truly #gettingjusticedone. The Urban Guerilla Orchestra is back by popular demand so be prepared to dance, dine and bid the night away.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located at 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. If you have any questions, please contact Maya Brown, marketing and development coordinator for the Foundation, at mbrown@philabar.org or (215) 238-6334.

Business Law Section & YLD Speed Mentoring Event

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division, once again invites young lawyers and law students to attend a roundtable mentoring program at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Young lawyers and law students will have the opportunity to engage candidly and meaningfully with seasoned practitioners and coaches, who will provide insider tips and practical advice focused on the substantive legal business skills needed to be successful in today's legal profession.

Designed as a companion to the summer program which was focused on soft skills, topics for this roundtable will focus on how best to represent your business clients by identifying issues that businesses confront across the legal spectrum and providing tips and advice about how to recognize these issues and find the resources to help your clients resolve the issues.

Reed Smith LLP is located at 1717 Arch St., Suite 3100, Philadelphia. The summer program was sold out, so early registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, click here.

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 on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Klein Hall. 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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