Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9 at Bellevue
All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of A. Michael Pratt, 81st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.
This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.
Bar Association Launches Video Podcasts
Up-close video interviews with the city's leading newsmakers are now available on the Bar Association's Web site
The Association has crafted a new series of quick, sharp video podcasts, which complement an already extensive audio podcast lineup. The Leadership Video Series features prominent Philadelphians discussing their roles as leaders, revealing who inspired them as leaders, and outlining what kind of leadership the city needs right now.
The series kicks off with an interview with A. Michael Pratt, the Association's new Chancellor, and also features interviews with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Wireless Philadelphia CEO Greg Goldman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn.
Accessing these videos is as easy as accessing the audio podcasts: Current subscribers to the Bar Association's "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" audio podcasts, will automatically receive these video podcasts. If you are not yet a subscriber, go the Association's Podcast homepage — and sign up.
The videos can be downloaded and viewed on a video iPod, or similar handheld device. Of course, with a simple click, most Web site visitors can watch the videos directly on their computer.
Judges Dougherty, Murphy on Family Court Jan. 7
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Division Judges Kevin M. Dougherty and Margaret T. Murphy will discuss "Family Court - 2008 and Beyond" at the Monday, Jan. 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.
Judge Dougherty is administrative judge for Family Court. Judge Murphy is supervising judge.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 8
The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.
The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here
for more information.
Superior Court Developments Discussion Jan. 9
Superior Court Prothonotary Karen Bramblett and Lenny Blazick of Central Legal Staff will discuss Superior Court developments of 2007 and 20008 at the Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Workers' Comp Mediation CLE Jan. 4
Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication Judges Debra Bowers, Marc Harrison and Pamela A. Santoro will present the lunchtime CLE program "Mandatory Mediation of a Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Case" on Friday, Jan. 4.
In this one-hour lunchtime presentation, workers' compensation judges will provide an overview of the changes in the mandatory mediation procedures in Philadelphia County that became effective Jan. 1; review and examine the new pre-mediation forms and procedures; lead an in- depth discussion regarding how to conduct an effective mandatory mediation; and evaluate the do's and don'ts in a mandatory mediation.
The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for mem-bers of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org
or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.
Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Investment Companies Committee on Regulatory Issues
Amy B.R. Lancellotta and Karrie McMillan will discuss current regulatory issues and pending and prospective projects of the Independent Directors Council and the Investment Company Institute at the Monday, Jan. 7 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.
The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Discussion on State of Commerce Court Jan. 15
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges D. Webster Keogh and Esther R. Sylvester will discuss their plans and new initiatives for the coming year and their impressions of the Commerce Program at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.
Judge Keogh is administrative judge for the civil trial division and Judge Sylvester is supervising judge for the civil trial division. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
How to Build Your Law Firm From Scratch Jan. 15
The Young Lawyers Division and PNC Wealth Management will present the program "How to Build Your Law Firm from Scratch" on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 3rd floor.
Speakers for the program include Alan Nochumson, Joseph A. Prim, Richard K. Washington Jr. and Adrian Harris. The program will be moderated by May Mon Post. A cocktail reception will follow the program. Click here
to RSVP for this free program.
Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 22
The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Justin P. Klein at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music. Click here
to purchase tickets online.
The Section will present its Committee of the Year Award to the Bankruptcy Committee. Nancy Weinman and Shelley Goldner will receive the Committee Chair of the Year Award.
Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition
Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.
The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 28 through March 1. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.
As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate.
Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here
for more information.
YLD Seeks Nominations for Craig M. Perry Service Award
The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the Craig M. Perry Service Award. This award is presented annually to a young lawyer 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work.
Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.
Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email@example.com
Tangled Title CLE Jan. 25
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus and attorneys from Philadelphia VIP and SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues Training Session" on Friday, Jan. 25.
Low-income families and seniors are facing the loss of their home due to unprobated estates and tangled titles. The session will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. This discussion will also address how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients. It covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for probating an estate and, alternatively, for filing a petition in Orphans' Court for determination of title.
The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. A free lunch is available and the CLE is free if you volunteer to take on a pro bono case. Contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space.
Participants Sought for Israel Exchange Program
The Philadelphia Bar Association is in the process of planning an exciting international exchange program in cooperation with the Israel Bar Association, in which local Philadelphia firms will host Israeli attorneys for a short internship (one to six months) and Philadelphia attorneys will travel to Israel for a comparable internship at an Israeli law firm. The target date for implementing the program is June 2008.
If you are interested in participating in such an internship, or in hosting one or more visiting Israeli lawyers, please send an e-mail to Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and you will be contacted by one of the members of the planning committee.
Your input will be invaluable in helping us shape the parameters of the program in a manner best calculated to meet your professional needs or those of your firm.
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WorkReady Philadelphia Matches Interns, Law Firms
Who gave you your first break?
Through WorkReady Philadelphia, you can offer a young person interested in a law career his or her essential first work experience and help to cultivate the region's next generation of home-grown legal professionals. By participating, you and your firm will positively impact the Philadelphia community by working with young people who, without WorkReady, would have few opportunities to explore the legal field, gain work skills, or develop relationships with professionals who could help them later in life.
Lauren Trifiletti, human resources manager at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, reflected on the firm's positive experience with a WorkReady intern last year and its decision to hire year-round interns, "Our intern, Candace, did a fantastic job. We actually had another part-time internship open in the fall and our first call was to Candace. She is currently back with us working in another department while attending school. We plan on participating in the program next summer as well."
Among the opportunities available to you and your firm through WorkReady are: hosting ninth-grade students for a one-day visit on Jan. 25, 2008 through Shadowing Day; providing 10th-grade students with unpaid internships, two to four hours per week during the school year, from January to June 2008 through Business Mentoring Youth; and hiring or sponsoring youth for six-week WorkReady Summer Internships enhanced with training and portfolio development, among other options. Throughout the process, Business Partnership Specialists are there to support you by recruiting, screening, and training youth; matching youth with employers; training you and your colleagues on how to work with and mentor youth; and providing ongoing support for you and the interns.
Several local firms are already on board. Last year, Blank Rome LLP; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Saul Ewing LLP; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP offered summer internships to Philadelphia youth. First-time participants Blank Rome and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young were so pleased with their experiences mentoring and working with youth that they have decided to take on even more interns this summer.
More information on how to get involved in WorkReady Philadelphia is available at workreadyphila.com
. If you or your firm is interested in participating, please contact Susan Hight, business partnership specialist, at (267) 502-3729 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Workshop on How to Write a Will Jan. 10
In PBI's "How to Write a Will and Other Essential Estate Planning Documents"
you'll use an interactive workshop format to learn from two highly experienced estate practitioners. You will leave the seminar with the assurance that documents and wills you draft will be clear and accurate. This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 10, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here
The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 Groupcast - PLI – Drafting Corporate Agreements
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10 How to Write a Will
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org
, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs,
by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.
Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.
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