YLD Holiday Party, Gift Drive Dec. 12 at Brü Philly

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive is Thursday, Dec. 12 at Brü Philly, 1318 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m...READ MORE

Generating Revenue for Nonprofits
at Dec. 16 Live, Lunch and Learn Program

The most pressing question nonprofit leaders and board members have is how to generate sustainable revenue and diversify the revenue stream...READ MORE

Women in the Profession to Honor
Chancellor Wilkinson Dec. 19

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for a casual and festive gathering honoring the work of Kathleen Wilkinson during her year as Chancellor on Thursday, Dec. 19. Kathleen made it her priority to highlight and address issues that are unique to women in the profession. We will hear from Kathleen regarding those efforts and celebrate her many accomplishments during 2013. There will also be an opportunity for some informal networking so be sure to bring your business cards...READ MORE

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 7 at Hyatt at The Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of William P. Fedullo, 87th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary. This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.



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YLD Holiday Party, Gift Drive Dec. 12 at Brü Philly

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive is Thursday, Dec. 12 at Brü Philly, 1318 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The events features the presentations of The Craig M. Perry Service Award to Alex Braden of Reed Smith LLP; The F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Samuel Reed III, Teacher/Consultant, The Philadelphia Writing Project, Teacher, Beeber Middle School; and The Vision Award to White and Williams LLP. Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer and friends of the YLD. Help support Project HOME and Cradles to Crayons and bring an unwrapped toy or gift or make a monetary donation!

Tickets are $45 for YLD members, $55 for Association members, $35 for YLD public interest or government employee members, $25 for law student members and $75 for non-members. Tickets include open bar and buffet stations. Click here to register by Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Marketing Corner: Year-End Top Tip for Building a Prosperous Practice

By Kimberly Alford Rice
Here we are again at the holidays, rushing to wrap up 2013 with stronger numbers than last year, and wondering how we can make magic again in 2014. And, oh yeah, actually enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.

With all the potential for stress in the remaining days of 2013, I offer this: Set your mind and resolve to make every day of 2014 count towards building a more prosperous and fulfilling practice. Yes, you can make that happen.

Evaluating all the requisite action steps it takes to build a solid practice, in my view, there is one that stands out above the rest…more than developing effective networking skills (rarely does anyone do this well), more than building a stellar reputation as an expert in your chosen practice area, and more than aggressively expanding your network. While these initiatives are critical to building a prosperous practice, the greater imperative is to develop a marketing mindset. What is this?

Developing a marketing mindset means:

• Disciplining yourself to always be on the “lookout” for opportunities;

• Educating yourself to know and act upon an opportunity when you see one…someone who needs your services, the services of your firm and/or the services of your referral source network;

• Taking one concrete action every day towards building and growing your practice such as checking in with your "high impact" contacts, key influencers and stakeholders. People really do appreciate you remembering them; scheduling a connection event (breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner) with someone in your referral network; identifying speaking/publishing opportunities in an association you are either involved in or would like to get in front of; asking lawyers in your firm to cross-sell your services and then provide them the requisite information to make it easy for them to do so; seeking outside resources to increase your skill sets in an area relevant to increasing your business development efficacy (i.e. making a positive impression; effective networking skills; asking for business; organizational/time management skills, etc.); and crafting a written business plan and calendar it into your schedule for execution.

• The only true marketing success comes from consistent, persistent massive amounts of action over a prolonged period of time.

Happy holidays!

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

YLD Executive Committee Candidates Unopposed

There being no opposition in the Tuesday, Dec. 10 election for the YLD Executive Committee, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the Executive Committee as noted: Katie L. Bailey, Vincent N. Barbera, Grant Berger, Melanie S. Carter, Leo M. Mulvihill Jr., Brandon R. Sher and Keely James Stewart.

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and former Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov will receive the PNC Achievement Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, of counsel to Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo LLP, will outline his plans for 2014 at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Generating Revenue for Nonprofits Dec. 16

The most pressing question nonprofit leaders and board members have is how to generate sustainable revenue and diversify the revenue stream.

At the Monday, Dec. 16 Live, Lunch and Learn program "Getting on Board," you'll learn what revenue sources are available to nonprofit organizations; the pros and cons of each; the importance of a nonprofit strategy; optimizing organizational structure; about the other "I" word - impact; where board members' roles end and staff member roles begin; and three important ways every board member can serve on nonprofit boards.

Get on board, learn more about the nonprofit sector, and take away lots of ideas that will help you be a hero on board the nonprofit organization you serve.

Gail Bower is the speaker for the program, beginning at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Bower transforms organizational complexity into strategies that result in sustainable revenue, increased growth, and greater value. Author of How to Jump-start Your Sponsorship Strategy in Tough Times, she's a professional consultant, coach, writer, and speaker, with more than 25 years experience in marketing and managing some of the country's most important events, festivals and sponsorships.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

WIP to Honor Chancellor Wilkinson Dec. 19

Join the Women in the Profession Committee for a casual and festive gathering honoring the work of Kathleen Wilkinson during her year as Chancellor on Thursday, Dec. 19. Kathleen made it her priority to highlight and address issues that are unique to women in the profession. We will hear from Kathleen regarding those efforts and celebrate her many accomplishments during 2013. There will also be an opportunity for some informal networking so be sure to bring your business cards.

The meeting 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 non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Reentering the Workforce Dec. 17

The Education Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association will explore the needs of attorneys who have left the practice of law and now want to return, including: offering programming to address the needs and skills of reentering attorneys with those of employers who are open to hiring attorneys with non-traditional work histories.

Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 17 when Lisa Goldstein of Special Counsel will offer her experience in this area. She will also offer guidance in crafting a resume and learning effective interviewing techniques. The program will be moderated by Catherine H. Agnew of PBA's Education Committee.
Any recent law school graduates or lawyers who wish to reenter the workforce are invited to attend.

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson believes that "both practicing and non-practicing attorneys interested in contributing their insights and experiences are encouraged to attend." In addition, an update on the activities of the ACE program (Advancing Civics Education) and the recent Youth Court program will also be provided.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click here to register.

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