The PBA MBC is once again hosting Minority Law Day programs in November.  The Central PA program will be held on November 6 at Widener University Commonwealth Law School and the Philadelphia program will be held on November 16 at the PBI Conference Center. 

We are expecting about 70-80 students for the Central PA program and about 150-200 students for the Philadelphia program.  Lawyer, judge and law student volunteers are needed to make these programs successful and ensure a good experience for the students!

CLE is available (2 substantive credits & 1 ethics credit) for volunteers at both programs.  To be eligible for the credits you must attend the full day as the substantive and ethics material is interspersed throughout the day.  A CLE registration form will be available in the near future.

Below are the tentative agendas for both programs.  Please reply to to advise me if you are able to volunteer and if so, which program you will be helping with.  Also, please forward this information to colleagues who may be interested as well as to any affinity bar group you may be a member of.  You do not need to be a member of PBA or the MBC in order to volunteer for these programs.


Minority Bar Committee

Minority Law Day 2017

Funded by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation

Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Monday, November 6, 2017     8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Administration Building Room A180
9:00-9:15 a.m.
Program Overview
Introduction and Welcome of PBA Attorney Volunteers, Local High School Participants & Chaperones
9:15-10:15 a.m.
Exploring Early Interest   
Widener Law students share their insight into the law school experience & high school students explore future prospects for attending law school.  Presentation by Widener Admissions Office.
10:15-10:25 a.m.
Legal Advocacy Exercise
Presentation of mock legal problem.
10:30-11:30 a.m.[1]
Breakout Sessions 
High School students and chaperones engage in exercises of legal advocacy facilitated by PBA Attorney Volunteers
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Legal Advocacy over Lunch
Discussion of legal & policy arguments developed in the break out sessions
12:30-1:00 p.m.
Student Recognition 
PBA Attorney Volunteers recognize the outstanding advocacy & leadership skills of select high school students
1:00-1:30 p.m.
Careers in Law/Closing
PBA Attorney Volunteers highlight dynamic careers in the legal profession, program closing remarks & departure

[1] Informal ten-minute break as appropriate between individual break out sessions lunch.



(Funded by Pennsylvania Bar Foundation)


PBI Conference Center, Philadelphia PA

Monday, November 13, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Arrivals, Registration, & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Small Group Activity

Attorneys and students will review

the problem and discuss current

free speech issues.

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Mock Court Argument followed by questions and answers, and discussion

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.