April 21, 2009

THIS WEDNESDAY: YLD Networking Happy Hour

The YLD will hold its next Networking Happy Hour this Wednesday, April 22, at The Palm from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. VIP Board of Directors is co-hosting the event. ACE Reporters, Inc. is sponsoring the event and will be raffling off 2 Phillies tickets. READ MORE

Volunteers Needed to Teach at 2009 People's Law School

The YLD is now accepting applications from young lawyers to teach classes at this year's People's Law School. READ MORE

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Seeking Bands and Solo Musicians for PhiLAWpalooza, July 16

Bands and solo musicians interested in performing at the YLD's third annual PhiLAWpalooza should contact Stephanie Mensing by May 1, 2009. Please include your band name, band members' names and firm affiliations, and website/social networking site address (if any).

Become a Fan of YLD's Facebook page

The YLD has officially entered the social media age. Check out and become a fan of our new Facebook page here. We'll be posting information on upcoming events as well as other news important to YLD members so visit often. Any questions or comments can be sent to yldfacebook@philabar.org.


YLD Networking Happy Hour, April 22

The YLD will hold its next Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 22, at The Palm from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. VIP Board of Directors is co-hosting the event. ACE Reporters, Inc. is sponsoring the event and will be raffling off 2 Phillies tickets.

The first 80 attendees will receive a complimentary drink and appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the event. The Palm is located at 200 South Broad St. Last month's Networking Happy Hour at JL Sullivan's was a rousing success with over 100 attendees. We hope to see you there to make this event even more successful!

Register Now for YLD Comedy Night, May 9

The YLD will hold its annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, May 9 at The Franklin beginning at 7 p.m. Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will be the headliner. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Also at Comedy Night will be opening act William Chiang - a favorite performer on the East Coast - an open bar, hors d'oeuvre, a DJ and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 for both Bar Association members and non-members and can be purchased by calling 215.238.6300 or on the Bar Association’s website here. For more details, click here.

If you are you interested in sponsoring the event, email Brian Chacker. If you are interested in donating silent auction items, email Abbie DuFrayne.

Volunteers Still Needed for Next Week's Law Week Events

Law Week 2009 kicks off next Monday, 4/27, and volunteers are still needed for several events. These include: Lawyer in the Classroom, 4/27; Lawyer for a Day, 5/1; Legal Line, 4/29; and The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, 5/1.

The week-long fest, sponsored by the 13,000-member Bar Association, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. The theme for Law Week 2009 is "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial."

All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Association Chancellor-Elect, Scott F. Cooper, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The YLD Law Week co-chairs are Abbie DuFrayne, Kelly Gastley and Carey Chopko.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and who to contact if you can volunteer:

**Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 27: Monday kicks off a week-long series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically 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 for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Josh Ryan.

Legal Advice Live!, Wednesday, April 29: At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice during the Legal Advice Live! program, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Central (Main) Branch of the Philadelphia Library, located at 1901 Vine Street, and other satellite branch locations throughout the city. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law. If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Advice Live! please contact Kristin McKenna or Chris Guth

Also on Wednesday, April 29, free legal advice will be given to those who call the **Legal Line hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor. If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Stephanie Mensing.

Juror Appreciation Day, Thursday, May 14: The First Judicial District and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will sponsor the 10th Annual Juror Appreciation Day at 8:30 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center's Jury Assembly Room on the first floor to recognize the crucial public service performed by local citizens who respond to jury duty.

**Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 1: Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker, Judge Midge Rendell, the first lady of Pennsylvania . If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact Carey Chopko.

Also on Friday, May 1, a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new United States citizens will be held at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. The winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will also read his or her essay.

Finally on Friday, May 1, volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales **"Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at six different City Hall courtrooms. 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 instructed on the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime. If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Heather Herrington or Justin Moriconi.

For additional information and updates, click here

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.

VIP Mortgage Foreclosure Training, May 6

The next mortgage foreclosure training takes place May 6 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and is worth a total of 5 free* CLE credits. Included will be training on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project and on
mortgage foreclosure defense litigation.

From 8:30 to 11 am new, revised training will take place on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program run by the First Judicial District.

From 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (with a lunch break) is a session on mortgage foreclosure defense litigation. (Breakfast is provided but not lunch.) Two free CLE for the AM and three for the PM or five in total. Attendees can come in the AM or PM or both. *The training/CLE is free if the attorney handles two pro bono mortgage foreclosure cases within 6 months of the training date.

Location is GlaxoSmithKline, 16th and Vines Streets. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

YLD to Co-Sponsor Chancellor's Forum for Candidates for District Attorney, May 11

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will co-sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city’s next district attorney on Monday, May 11.

Democrats Brian Grady, Daniel McCaffery, Daniel McElhatton, Michael Turner and Seth Williams and Republican Michael Untermeyer have been invited to discuss and answer questions regarding the critical issues facing this city. Chancellor Sayde Ladov will be the moderator.

The forum will be held at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market Streets. The Chancellor's Forum is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Young Lawyers Division.

The candidates are seeking to replace District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who is not seeking re-election. Abraham has been district attorney since 1991.

Attendees are encouraged to visit philadelphiabar.org to reserve a seat for the program.