Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of all the officers, leaders and professional staff of the Philadelphia Bar Association, I extend to you my best wishes for the holiday season…Read the full message of season's greetings here.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 12

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of Gaetan J. Alfano, 89th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 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.

Call for Submissions to The Philadelphia Lawyer

The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine is looking for creative and fresh law-related content to publish in upcoming editions. Take your sense of humor or adventure, your urge to critique or your affinity for a special area of law and put pen to paper.

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For more information on submission guidelines, email tplmag@philabar.org.



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Volunteers Needed for Bradway Mock Trial Competition

The John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition is seeking volunteer coaches for 2016. A partnership between the Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasely School of Law's LEAP program, the mock trial competition is in need of 2-4 volunteer coaches. The coaches will work directly with teachers to work out time commitments.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Santiago at jennifer@myjaslaw.com.

Premarital Agreements Dec. 22

When consulted by clients contemplating marriage or co-habitation, you have an obligation to describe what a premarital agreement can accomplish and what the law provides in the absence of such an agreement.

Get up to speed on the law of premarital agreements. Review the essentials with PBI’s experienced faculty, get tips on advising and working with your clients, learn drafting techniques to make sure your agreement is enforceable and discuss estate planning issues.

Receive a free copy of the PBI Press book titled "Premarital Agreements in Pennsylvania" with your tuition.

This four substantive credit program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at PBI Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information or to register, click here.

YLD Executive Committee Orientation Jan. 14

The YLD Executive Committee will hold its first meeting of the year in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will serve as orientation for all Executive Committee members and will allow the Committee to plan for the year ahead as well as to provide an opportunity to meet other members of the Committee including recently elected members and newly appointed liaisons.

This event is limited to Executive Committee members only and all Executive Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend.

Pizza, beer and wine will be provided. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required by Jan. 11. Please RSVP to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org.

ASL-Proficient Attorney Needed to Represent Deaf Child; Training Session Jan. 26

Support Center for Child Advocates is looking for an attorney proficient in American Sign Language to represent a 16-year-old client. Child Advocates will be running a training session about this case on Jan. 26.

For more information, please contact Cary S. Davis at CDavis@ReedSmith.com.

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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