YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students, New Lawyers Nov. 14

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at the fifth annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Nov. 14...READ MORE

Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum on Understanding Climate Change

We hear about climate change and its effects every day in the news, but how many of us really understand the science behind the news? Join us as we welcome Richard B. Alley, Ph. D., (pictured above) of Pennsylvania State University, who will discuss the science of climate change, how it occurs, what causes it, and what can be done to stop it at a Thursday, Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum...READ MORE

Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "2014 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update" will feature discussions of significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment on Wednesday, Nov. 5...READ MORE

Elder Law Update Nov. 6

Earn 3 substantive CLE credits at PBI's "Elder Law Update" on Thursday, Nov. 6 where you'll be able to catch up on the year's highlights and learn the significant developments. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Barristers' Turkey Drive Nov. 22

The Barristers' Association is gearing up for its Annual Turkey Drive, where Thanksgiving dinner packages are provided to hundreds of families. This year's Turkey Drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at Cozen PAL Center, 732 N. 17th St. To donate to the Turkey Drive, please visit phillybarristers.com. To volunteer, email Amber Racine at amracine@raynesmccarty.com.




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YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee Dec. 9

Ten candidates are running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in the Tuesday, Dec. 9 election.

The candidates are Ryan Briskin, Mario D'Adamo III, Caitlin M. Donnelly, Melanie J. Foreman, Dana Gittleman, Lindsay H. Schoonmaker, Ashley K. Shea, Franklin R. Strokoff, Thomas J. Szymanski and Anna B. Will. Executive Committee members serve three-year terms.

Balloting for members of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 20 and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached the age of 37, or (2) they have not yet reached the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state.

YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students, New Lawyers Nov. 14

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary at the fifth annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Nov. 14.

The topics and presenters for the 2014 YLD Bootcamp are:

Interview Skills with panelists Linsey B. Bozzelli, Attorney Recruiting Committee Chair, Blank Rome LLP; Jason B. Conn, Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation; Austin R. Freundlich, Founder, Freundlich & Littman, LLC; and Jason Y. Mandel, Director of Legal Recruiting, Alevistar Group.

Advice from the Bench with Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division; Judge Anne E. Lazarus, Superior Court of Pennsylvania and Judge Timothy R. Rice, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Considerations Before Starting Your Own Solo Practice or Small Firm with Vern Anastasio, The Anastasio Law Firm; Brad V. Shuttleworth, Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC; and Matthew Toll, Law Offices of Robert J. Garnick.

You Passed the Bar, Now What?: How to Succeed in Your First Year As an Attorney, and How to Gain Experience with Grant G. Berger, Fidelity National Law Group; D. Max Friedman, Hovatter, Friedman & Stofman, P.C.; Jamie M. Gershkow, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Dana B. Ostrovsky, Fidelity National Law Group; and Brandon R. Sher, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford, P.C.

The cost is just $10 and includes lunch, each of the panel presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day. The program will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bart Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

A YLD Networking Happy Hour follows the boot camp at the Field House, 1150 Filbert St. and is sponsored by Love Court Reporting. Registration is required for the Happy Hour. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum on Climate Change Nov. 6

We hear about climate change and its effects every day in the news, but how many of us really understand the science behind the news?

Join us as we welcome Richard B. Alley, Ph. D., of Pennsylvania State University, who will discuss the science of climate change, how it occurs, what causes it, and what can be done to stop it at a Thursday, Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum.

Dr. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, and has ranged from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth's climate and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean, flooding our coasts. With more than 240 scientific publications, Dr. Alley has served on many advisory panels. He participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators' Manual, and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone.

After Dr. Alley's presentation, Robert B. McKinstry Jr. will provide some brief comments on what is being done from a technical and legal perspective to combat climate change.

McKinstry is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr LLP, where he heads the firm's Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. He was counsel of record for the group of amici climate scientists supporting the petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, the 2007 Supreme Court decision that held that the EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is free and open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update Nov. 5

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "2014 Securities Litigation & Regulatory Update" will feature discussions of significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The program is cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association Securities Regulations Committees. Attendees will hear from regulators and practitioners regarding hot topics and trends and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will be explored.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Conference on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Forum Nov. 10: Inside Drexel's Largest Gift

The Monday, Nov. 10 Chancellor's Forum will focus on discussing the future course for the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy. Both Kline and Dean Dennis will discuss the challenges in law school education and the unique path that the Kline School of Law is charting, with an emphasis on the place of Drexel University's Kline School of Law in the Philadelphia legal community and its relationship with the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Kline is a founding partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, P.C., practicing in the area of catastrophic personal injury and mass tort litigation. Kline is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers." Kline, who has a litany of professional accolades, has been selected as Pennsylvania's No. 1 lawyer for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014) by the independent, peer-review rating service Super Lawyers. Kline became a national spokesperson for the victims of Jerry Sandusky, and was interviewed on local and national television. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University. The law school at Drexel University is now named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, which has as a component, the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Roger Dennis is the Founding Dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. He was formerly the Provost at Rutgers University-Camden as well as the Dean at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law. He clerked for Judge Richard McLaren of the U.S. District Court in Chicago before working in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and practicing at Skadden, Arps in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was selected for the Order of the Coif. Dean Dennis has held an elected seat in the American Law Institute since 1991 and has served in leadership positions on numerous committees of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

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 in 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 Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University 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 has been a constant 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 interested 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.

As of September 2014, more than 61 judges have volunteered to host judicial fellows and the court has hosted 175 judicial fellows from 36 different law schools. The vast majority of judicial fellows who have 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

How Much is Your Space Worth Nov. 12

How do you know the true value of your office space? In the "How Much is Your Space Worth?" program of the X, Y, Z's of Real Estate Program Series on Wednesday, Nov. 12, real estate experts Carol Huff and Joe Pasquarella will discuss the valuation of leases, and spaces ranging from the small home workplace to the large skyscraper. They will also discuss how owners and landlords can affect lease values, as well as how values can change based on the cycles of the economy.

Carol Huff, principal at Real Estate Investment Strategies, has spent more than 35 years in the commercial real estate business representing tenants. During this time, she has also saved her clients tens of millions of dollars in lease-related billings and prevented major problems from surfacing in the future once a lease is signed.

Joe Pasquarella is the senior managing director of Integra Realty Resources in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. He has been actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting since 1973, and has extensive experience valuing regional malls, central business district office buildings, warehouses, hotels and parking garages.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

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