June 9, 2009

Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony One Week Away

The YLD will award its annual Diversity Scholarships to five outstanding local law students at its Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony, one week from today: Tuesday, June 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mexican Post. READ MORE

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Register Now for PhiLAWpalooza, July 16; Three Bands Signed On To Date

Register now for PhiLAWpalooza 2009, July 16 at World Cafe Live. $15 for Bar Association members; $18 for non-members. Three bands have been confirmed so far: fan-favorites "Class Action" and "A Band Called M," as well as "Grady." Any other party interested in performing can contact Stephanie Mensing at 215-735-2121 or smensing@wm-law.net. Register here


Bar Night at the Phillies June 17

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered by clicking here. READ MORE


TONIGHT: YLD Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony; Last Chance to Pre-Register for Free Drink Tickets

The Young Lawyers Division will award its "Diversity Scholarships" to five local law students at tonight's annual Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mexican Post.

The scholarships will be awarded to: Priya De Souza of Temple's Beasley School of Law, Earthen Johnson of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, Samea Lim of Temple's Beasley School of Law, Maricruz Melendrez of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, and Jennifer Supplee of Temple's Beasley School of Law.

The event is co-hosted by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia, the Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Philadelphia, and the South-Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia.

Pre-registration is encouraged as the first 200 to RSVP will be given two complimentary drink tickets for each attendee. Appetizers will also be available throughout the night.

James DeCrescenzo Reporting LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. are sponsoring the event. To pre-register for this event, click here

TODAY: Dual Honors for Temple's Epps; Margolis to Speak

JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Award and deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at today's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Alan W. Margolis, a founding partner of Margolis Edelstein, will speak on behalf of his fellow Year Club inductees at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Epps, a leading scholar in the areas of trial advocacy and criminal procedure, took over as dean at Temple Law in July. Epps has been a frequent speaker on evidence and advocacy, both domestically and internationally. The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The Women in the Profession Committee established the O'Connor Award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

Tickets to the event are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Conflict of Interest and Joint Representation CLE, June 16

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section and Professional Responsibility Committee will present "Conflicts of Interest and Joint Representation," an interactive, 2-credit Ethics CLE, on Tuesday, June 16 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Avoiding conflicts of interest is one of the core obligations of an attorney. This program will address conflicts of interest which appear at the inception of an engagement and those that may arise later in the representation. Often, the issues arise when there is a joint representation.

Questions and the issues to be examined include: Can you represent one client against another in unrelated matters?; Can you represent a corporate client and an officer of that same client?; What do you do if your client is merged into another company and you have a matter against that company?; Can you drop one client to cure a conflict which arises after you represent both in unrelated matters?; and, Can you sue a current client?, among others.

Faculty is as follows: Sarah Bricknell, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Duane Morris; Hope Comisky, Esq., Professional Responsibility Counsel, Pepper Hamilton, Co-Chair Professional Guidance and Professional Responsibility Committees, Philadelphia Bar Association; Kimberly S. Ingersoll, Esq., Partner, Abrams & Ingersoll, Co-Chair Professional Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association; Barbara S. Rosenberg, Esq., Sole Practitioner and Co-Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association; and Tamara Lee Traynor, Assistant General Counsel, Wolf Block.

The program will be held at PBI's CLE Conference Center.Click here for more info and to register.

Workers' Comp Section to Host "Ethics: Professionalism and Propriety" CLE, June 17

The Workers' Comp Section is sponsoring a lunchtime CLE, "Ethics: Professionalism and Propriety - A New Edition of the Jack and Bill Show," Wednesday, June 17, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center.

Jack Duffy of the Law Offices of Thomas Romando and Bill McKee of the Chartwell Law Offices in Eagleville will set out, once again, on the stormy waters of ethical issues. Duffy and McKee will discuss courtroom behavior, discovery issues, surveillance, and deposition conduct among other hot topics. From points on who is to be addressed in court to when surveillance is to be produced, be prepared to be enlightened, educated, and entertained, as this well-known duo of attorneys tackles the most difficult ethical issues in their own unique way.

The program has been approved for 1.0 Ethics CLE credit. The charge is $25 for Philadelphia Bar Association members admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members admitted for less than five years. To register, visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Gaming Law Update 2009 CLE with New PGCB Chairman Gregory C. Fajt

This Thursday, June 11, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Gregory C. Fajt will be introduced at the Gaming Law Update 2009 CLE, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m at PBI's 
CLE Conference Center

Casino slots gaming in Pennsylvania is maturing, but new issues continue to arise. Learn from Fajt and other members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, counsel responsible for regulating the gaming and racing industries, and lawyers representing clients involved in those industries about the current state of gaming in Pennsylvania.

Course Planners are Robert P. Krauss, Esq., Marsha A. Sajer, Esq., and R. Douglas Sherman, Esq. For more details and to register, visit pbi.org.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 17

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered by clicking here.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.

Volunteers Needed to Teach at 2009 People's Law School

The YLD is now accepting applications from young lawyers to teach the following classes at this year's People's Law School (PLS): family law and custody, small claims and landlord/tenant court, consumer credit (including debt collection, identity theft, credit reports, utility issues), real estate (including foreclosures, predatory lending, actions to quiet title), bankruptcy, employment law, workers' compensation, social security and disability, elder law, personal injury, and criminal law.

The PLS is a six-week adult education course, beginning in September, that offers non-lawyers basic information about areas of the law that affect people's daily lives. If you are interested in teaching, please email your resume or information about your practice areas to Stephanie Mensing.