The YLD has a number of upcoming events and we need YOUR help. In addition to the Comedy Night and happy hour at Rum Bar, Law Week is scheduled for April 30th to May 4th. Our theme for Law Week 2007 is Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy. Law Week is a series of programs that get our membership out in to the community to positively influence Philadelphia’s youth through direct interaction.
Some of our Law Week activities include:
- Lawyer for a Day– Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and “show them the ropes” of their jobs by taking them to their offices and into the courts. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4th at the Philadelphia Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote address by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and his daughter, FOX 29 morning anchor Sheinelle Jones.
- Law Fair – On Wednesday, May 2nd at lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice from noon to 2 p.m., at The Gallery at Market East in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.
- Legal Line – Also on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor.
- Lawyer in the Classroom – This program takes place at various times throughout the week and involves lawyers enthusiastically visiting one or more classrooms 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 in a motivational way.
- Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest– Named for former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2007 contest asks High School Seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do lawyers have more responsibility as citizens to protect and/or promote democracy? Why or why not?The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and will read their essay at a Naturalization Ceremony on May 1, 2007. Submissions should include the students’ name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association by NOON on Monday, April 23, 2007.
- 2007 Poster Contest– All 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2007 Poster Contest. Students are asked to draw a picture which best illustrates what democracy means to you. 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 Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association by NOON on Monday, April 23, 2007.
These events are a fun way to give back to the Philadelphia community and a good way for you to use a small amount of time to influence someone else’s life. I have to admit that after participating in last year’s Law Week activities, I felt like I got as much of a boost as the students who participated and would recommend it to everyone.
We need all the help that we can get from our membership (and beyond) to make these events successful! If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who can, please forward this information to them (including teachers or parents of students in the 4th, 5th, 6th or 12th grade) or contact me to let us know. With your help, we look foward to a week of successful events!