YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers
The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers of any age, as well law students, in the community to educate the city's youth and the public about the law through direct interaction. Some of our Law Week activities include:
Lawyer in the Classroom: Volunteer lawyers and law students will visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Gastley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Advice Live! A free, daylong ask-a-lawyer event spanning across Philadelphia. On Wednesday, April 29, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at email@example.com. Volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches (exact branches still being determined). To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LegalLine: On Wednesday, April 29, area residents can call lawyers and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. If you would like to volunteer for LegalLine (either April 29 or a future date), please contact Stephanie Mensing at email@example.com.
The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf: Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs as the basis for mock criminal trials on Friday, May 1. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial the students are given the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks are guilty of a crime. To volunteer please contact Heather Herrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyer for a Day: Volunteer attorneys, law students and judges pair with high school students and take them into the courts to learn more about the process of the judicial system as well as the role lawyers, judges, and juries play in our community. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association's 11th floor Conference Center for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote by a guest speaker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at email@example.com.
Submissions from 4th-, 5th-, 6th- and 12th-grade students, are being sought for:
Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest: Named for former Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2009 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to high school seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: "If you were chosen to advise soon-to-be U.S. Citizens at their Naturalization Ceremony, what would you tell them their responsibilities are as a U.S. Citizen? Why are these responsibilities important?"
In addition to the scholarship, the winner will read their essay at a Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, May 1. Submissions should include the student’s name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay. All entries must be received by Michael Petitti at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2009.
2008 Poster Contest: All 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2009 Poster Contest. Students are asked to: Draw a picture that best illustrates their favorite freedom. Posters should be produced on standard 22" x 28" poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prize savings bonds will be awarded. All entries must be received by Micahel Petitti at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2009.