YLD to Elect 7 to Executive Committee

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

FJD Judicial Fellowship Program Seeks Law School Grads

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...READ MORE

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.

Free Library of Philadelphia Gala Dec. 6

Come join the Free Library of Philadelphia's annual fundraising gala for a fraction of the full ticket cost! The after party is being hosted by The Raven Society, the Library's group of dedicated supporters in their 20s and 30s. This black-tie event is a great opportunity to socialize with the Library donor community and other engaged young Philadelphians, cut a rug on the newly renovated fourth floor, and support the Free Library while doing so. The event will be held at the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 6 starting at 9 p.m. and features open bar, lavish dessert bar, and dj and dancing until midnight. Admission is $125 for Raven Society Non-Members, $100 for Raven Society Members, and $150 for Raven Society Membership and After Party ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit freelibrary.org/ball.





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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.

Chancellor-Elect Albert S. Dandridge III, a partner with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will outline his plans for 2015 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Click here to purchase tickets.

Mark A. Aronchick, a shareholder in Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Also at the event, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. The Bar Association will also honor the winner of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition.

YLD Holiday Party Dec. 16 at Four Seasons

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive will be Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Four Seasons Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square.

The Craig M. Perry Service Award will be presented to Kimberly Takacs of ACE Group. The F. Sean Peretta Service Award will be presented to Stephany Gordon of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. The Vision Award will be presented to The Legal Intelligencer.

Attendees are asked to help support Project HOME and Cradles to Crayons and bring an unwrapped toy or gift or make a monetary donation. The event is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

Admission is $45 for YLD members, $55 for Bar Association members, $75 for non-members, $35 for YLD public interest or government attorney members and $25 for law student members. Admission includes open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, burger and lobster roll sliders and Italian Market pasta station. Please note there will be a $10 increase for walk-ins at the door. Full refunds require 24 hour cancellation notice. Tickets will not be distributed for this event. Click here to register by Friday, Dec. 12.

Nov. 26 Chancellor's Forum: Champions of Negotiation

Professional boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world, creating superstars such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes. But, who really understands what happens behind-the-scenes, negotiating contracts and compensation, licensing for match footage, and how a match will be promoted on television?

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 26 as we welcome retired world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, his boxing career attorney Judge Jack Panella, and Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, a retired boxer and daughter of Joe Frazier, as they discuss their careers and experiences negotiating contracts and the many provisions of a match.

Judge Jack Anthony Panella was elected statewide to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 2003, and sworn into office as an appellate judge on January 9, 2004. From 1982 to 1991, Judge Panella maintained his law practice as a sole practitioner; his clients included Larry Holmes and the late Al Loquasto, a former professional race car driver champion.

Larry Holmes, known as "The Easton Assassin," was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1978 to 1985, with a professional record of 69 wins, six losses and 44 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2008, and is second only to Joe Louis for the longest title run in heavyweight history.

Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde was elected Municipal Court Judge in 2007. She earned her BA in Justice from American University and JD from Villanova University School of Law. On the second floor of Joe Frazier's Gym, for approximately 17 years, she practiced law and served as in-house counsel for Smokin' Joe Frazier Inc. Judge Frazier-Lyde also is a professional and amateur Sports Hall of Famer. She is a former five-time champion boxer who began boxing at age 37. She has won world championships in three different weight classes, with nine knockouts. Judge Frazier-Lyde and her father, former world heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier, are the first father and daughter world champions in world boxing history.

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. Cancellations require 24 hours notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Navigating Lawyer Rating Sites Nov. 20

Harper J. Dimmerman and Laura Powers will present "Navigating Avvo and Other Online Lawyer Rating Sites" at the Thursday, Nov. 20 meeting of the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee.

Dimmerman is principal in Harper J. Dimmerman Attorney at Law. Powers is chief marketing officer at Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

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. The program is sponsored by LawPay.

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

Lawyers Helping Lawyers Nov. 25

An attorney in distress as a result of drugs, alcohol, gambling or depression may fall into the trap of professional misconduct, malpractice, loss of relationships, harm to his or her health and sometimes a premature death.

Laurie Besden, deputy director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, will provide the Women in the Profession Committee with an overview of the organization's services and provide guidance on how to spot and help attorneys who may be in distress - before it's too late.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Recent Trends in Israeli Law Nov. 25

Dean Ron Harris of the Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law will discuss recent trends in Israeli common and civil law at a breakfast program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Dean Harris, a professor of law, earned an LL.B., B.A. and M.A. in history from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He joined the TAU Law School in 1993 and served as its Vice Dean from 2006-2008.

There is no cost to attend this program, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. A continental breakfast will be provided. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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