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May 26, 2010

YLD to Host Diversity Scholarship Reception and Continuing Legal Education Seminar on the Dangers of Stereotypes, June 17

The Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing five outstanding local law students at its Diversity Scholarship Reception and presenting its first-ever diversity-related continuing legal education seminar, “The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?” on June 17.

The 1-credit CLE, co-hosted by the Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee, will take place 4:15-5:15 p.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 South Penn Square, followed immediately by the Diversity Scholarship Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th floor.

The reception is co-hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee.

This year’s Diversity Scholarship winners are: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden, Jr. from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jimenez from Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Dalisai Nisperos from University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Abraham Tran from Rutgers School of Law - Camden, NJ.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500.00 scholarship to select local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia’s minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications.

“The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?,” features panelists Scott Reid, Esq., a member at Cozen O’Connor and the Bar Association's Cabinet Officer on Diversity; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia; John S. Han, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; Vincent Regan, Esq., Assistant District Attorney, Repeat Offenders Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; and Deborah Starr, Ph.D, DecisionQuest Trial Consultants. The course will examine various approaches to coping with the biases, beliefs, and preconceived notions often held by those called for jury duty in both civil and criminal trials and detail the methods of overcoming these notions, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices.

Dwight Bailey recently completed his second year at Villanova University School of Law and focuses his studies on criminal litigation. In addition to his academic endeavors, Bailey sits on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, volunteers with Villanova's OUTLaw - its LGBT alliance - and is the current president of Villanova's Black Law Students Association. Bailey was also a member of the Villanova Law National Trial Team that won the ABA Arbitration Competition Regional Championship in 2009. He grew up in and around Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University in 2005.

Kevin Harden, Jr. is a 2010 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law and will be joining the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office after sitting for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams in July. During his time at Temple Law, Harden served on the Executive Committee of the Black Law Students Association and was appointed to the Moot Court Honor Society. He also served as an intern in the Media Relations division of the Michael Nutter for Mayor Campaign, in the chambers of the Honorable Leon W. Tucker of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and with the boutique-litigation firm, Fitzpatrick & Long, LLC. Harden is a lifelong Philadelphia resident, an alumni member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest intercollegiate fraternity for college-educated African-American men, and graduated from Kutztown University in 2007.

Priscilla Jimenez recently completed her second year at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and focuses her studies in health law. She served as Co-President of the Latin American Law Students Association during the 2010 school year and serves as the student representative for the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a student member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and was one of the 2009-2010 recipients of the organization's Legal Education Fund Scholarships. Jimenez is also a violinist, having attended the Julliard School of Music and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City and graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 2008.

Dalisai Nisperos is a 2010 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served on the board of the Journal of Law and Social Change and was active in student groups dedicated to community service and diversity in higher education. She will soon embark on a judicial clerkship in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and intends to pursue a career in Employment Law. She grew up in Stockton, CA and graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003.

Abraham Tran recently completed his first year at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and will begin his second year as a teaching assistant and 2010 Marshall Brennan Fellow. He was recently selected as an intern for the Montgomery County Diversity Law Internship Program and is a part-time summer intern for the Office of Senator Donald Norcross of the 5th Legislative District of New Jersey. Tran is heavily involved in community service efforts, including as a recent volunteer in a legal services clinic in Louisiana and as a demonstrator and speaker at a JENA 6 protest. He grew up in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 2008.

Registration is required and separate for each event. The Diversity Scholarship Reception is free of charge and includes wine and cheese (register here). The CLE program is $20 for Bar Association members in practice for less than five years and $25 for Bar Association members in practice more than five years and non-members. (register here).

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