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 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Four Seasons Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square...READ MORE

Greet Incoming Chancellor Dandridge at Jan. 6 Reception at Hyatt at The Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Albert S. Dandridge III, 88th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 6 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.

Mock Trial Competition Still Needs Coaches

The John S. Bradway Mock Trial competition is still looking for coaches for a few high schools. Held each spring, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition pits teams of high school students playing the roles of lawyers and witnesses against one another in simulated trials. Dozens of Philadelphia public and parochial high school teams enter each year. If you're willing to help out or if you have any questions about helping, please email Jennifer Santiago at jennifer@myjaslaw.com.

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' MLK Breakfast Jan. 19 at Convention Center

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognizes leading attorneys, organizations and judges in the Philadelphia legal community for their significant contributions to the legal profession and the community at large through their tireless work, dedication and public service...READ MORE

Philadelphia ASAP Seeks Volunteer Judges for Scholastic Debate League

As the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League continues to grow, volunteer debate judges are needed. The only qualification is that judges listen carefully to the students' arguments, deliberate carefully and decide on a winning team, and then take a few minutes to give feedback to the students on the logic of their cases and their presentation styles...READ MORE




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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 6:30 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. The event is sponsored by Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporting & Litigation Support.

In conjunction with the Holiday Party, the YLD is coordinating a Holiday Gift Drive to benefit Project HOME and Cradles to Crayons. Since 1989, Project HOME has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment through both adult and youth education and enrichment programs at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs and community-based health care services.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. Cradles supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

At the Holiday Party, the YLD will be accepting donations of new unwrapped toys. Please bring an unwrapped gift with you to the Holiday Party, and please encourage your colleagues and friends to do the same! The YLD will also collect small monetary donations (in any amount you can spare) at the holiday party in case you are unable to bring a toy.

If your firm would like to assist in our effort to provide holiday gifts for those less fortunate in our community, or if you would like more information about the holiday drive, please contact Phil Amoa at pamoa@mccarter.com.

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 hours cancellation notice. Click here to register.

Marketing Corner: Part 2 - Key Steps to Achieve Goals in 2015

By Kimberly Alford Rice
In our first installment, we outlined concrete steps you may take to advance the growth of a prosperous practice. Below are the remaining key steps to take:

• Break down goals into manageable action steps. Schedule a marketing activity for every day that need not consume more than five minutes in your already jammed schedule. Create a recurring calendar item to send an email to one non-active client and one high-impact prospect every day. Is that attainable? If not, you get the idea now set your own calendar item.

By engaging in some type of marketing activity daily you will develop what is referred to as a "marketing mindset" by creating a sense of higher awareness that to build a solid practice, it is necessary to integrate relationship-building initiatives into your day (and in some cases, evening) along with your actual practice. The point here being that they go hand in hand, simultaneously.

The second purpose of engaging in daily marketing activities is that over time you will build a sense of confidence from the continual "seed sowing" of building your practice and you will "reap" the "fruit," the reward being new client retentions and an expanding network of contacts and referral sources.

• Get out of your office. There are abundant opportunities for lawyers to participate in extracurricular activities to develop meaningful business relationships and an expert reputation. Evaluate your interests, your target audience, and select one or two organizations in which to become active. You will be far more likely to contribute in a meaningful way if the organization's mission resonates with you and/or your practice. Let me be clear. It is not enough to "show up" to a gathering on an irregular basis if your intention is to "get business" from organizational involvements. You must take concrete steps (such as volunteering on a high profile committee like the membership or program committees) to develop relationships with organizational members as well as to develop a reputation as an expert in your chosen field.

• Ignite your passion. Are you really committed to building, growing and sustaining a prosperous practice? What are you willing to do to achieve your goals? In coaching lawyers every day, we have found that if there are not enough SMART goals, accountability, and a lack of passion, it's not happening. Consider what you really get fired up about in your business. Is it delivering a winner result for your clients? Or, maybe sharing your expertise with other lawyers? Take a bit of time to evaluate what gets and keeps you going in your business, and plan to do more of that in 2015.

• Measure your progress. Successful lawyers know to create set points in the year to measure their results. Calendar it in to run a report monthly of your P&L and other important metrics. If you do not like what you see in the report, make adjustments to your action steps. What we know for sure is that building a prosperous business is not rocket science but rather entails this "secret sauce" -consistent and persistent massive amounts of action over a prolonged period of time is the ONLY path to successful marketing results.

All the best for a very prosperous 2015!

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

Dec. 17 Chancellor's Forum: Champions of Negotiation

speaker photosProfessional 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, Dec. 17 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.

Barristers' MLK Breakfast Jan. 19 at Convention Center

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc., in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognizes leading attorneys, organizations and judges in the Philadelphia legal community for their significant contributions to the legal profession and the community at large through their tireless work, dedication and public service.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast attracts nearly 600 judges, lawyers, elected officials and law students from the Philadelphia community. The breakfast and honors will be Monday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom, 1101 Arch St. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

At the breakfast, The Barristers' will present the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will receive the Woman of Distinction Award. Wesley R. Payne IV, treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the Hon. William F. Hall Award, and Michael Lee will receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Join the Barristers' and the 2015 honorees in their celebration of Dr. King's commitment to social justice, education and civil rights. To sponsor the Breakfast, purchase individual tickets, or for more information, visit phillybarristers.com.

Save the Date - Business Law Annual Reception Jan. 13

The Business Law Section Annual Reception will be Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St.

The Section will present the Dennis H. Replansky Award at the event, along with the Albert S. Dandridge III Business Law Section Diversity Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. The award honors recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The Dandridge Diversity Award is to publicly acknowledge, recognize and honor an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity; and promotes full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

The Section will also recognize the Committee Chair of the Year and the Committee of the Year. Visit philadelphiabar.org for additional details about the event as they become available.

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

ASAP Seeks Volunteer Judges for Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League

After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) assumed responsibility for the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League in 2005, after participation had dwindled to only five high schools. Since then, ASAP has created debate programs at almost 40 public and charter middle and high schools. ASAP provides high quality debate programs throughout Philadelphia through professional development for coaches, advocating for youth debate programs (particularly in high need neighborhood schools), organizing tournaments for student debaters, and connecting Philadelphia teams to larger debate associations in the region.

As the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League continues to grow, volunteer debate judges are needed. The only qualification is that judges listen carefully to the students' arguments, deliberate carefully and decide on a winning team, and then take a few minutes to give feedback to the students on the logic of their cases and their presentation styles.

The high school debate finals are Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania. About 100 students will be debating the topic of for-profit prisons in the United States, some of them in the running for top awards based on their records this season. Additional judges are welcome to volunteer. For more information or to set up a judge orientation, please contact Sara Morningstar at 215-545-2727 ext. 10 or smorningstar@phillyasap.org.

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