As has been the case each year, this event continues to grow and attract more students and judges. No less than 100 students joined with approximately 50 attorneys and area judges to discuss assorted topics, including how to succeed as a Philadelphia lawyer and ways to effectively market oneself. In addition, the assembled crowd enjoyed Kosher catering supplied by Cherry Grill and the ShopRite Kosher Experience of South Jersey.
We were especially lucky this year to host District Attorney Williams, who described his path to the practice of law, and his eventual election as the first African American District Attorney in Pennsylvania. Mr. Williams discussed his upbringing, which included time spent in multiple foster homes, his adoption, and his brief attendance at West Point Military Academy. He instructed the law students that, despite the challenges he faced in his life, he has always endeavored to be active in his community and has been willing to get involved wherever there is an opportunity to do so.
In addition to the District Attorney, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudy Garcia also made brief remarks. Mr. Garcia emphasized the importance of the Bar Association, and the many opportunities available to students and young attorneys alike.
The evening closed with the customary breakout sessions, where students are paired with practicing attorneys and judges to learn about different practice areas. Also announced at the conclusion of the program were the many job opportunities to be had through involvement with the Brandeis Law Society, beginning with internship opportunities in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania as well as with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society ("HIAS"). Students were invited to apply for these positions, and to apply for the numerous scholarship opportunities offered through the Brandeis Law Foundation.
AUTHOR BIO: Matthew Laver, Esquire is a member of the Brandeis Law Society Executive Committee. An associate at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, he may be reached at (267) 519-4979 or email@example.com.