PHILADELPHIA, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From April 26 to May 3, volunteer lawyers from the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will offer free legal advice, visit high school classrooms, welcome new American citizens, invite inner-city students into the courts, and present mock trials based on popular fairytales to grade school children as part of "Law Week 2010," an annual citywide celebration marked by the Bar Association and coordinated by its Young Lawyers Division.
This year's Law Week activities are:
Legal Advice Live!, Monday, April 26 – Volunteer attorneys will provide free, in-person legal advice to area citizens from 12 to 2 p.m. at five branches of the Philadelphia Free Library: the Central branch, the Fumo Family branch, the Charles L. Durham branch, the Ramonita de Rodriguez branch and the Haverford branch.
Lawyer in the Classroom, April 26-29 – Volunteer attorneys will visit Philadelphia schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law.
Legal Line, Wednesday, April 28 – Volunteers attorneys will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association to answer legal questions over the phone at 215-238-6333 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All questions will be answered free and confidentially.
Lawyer for a Day, Friday, April 30 – Volunteer attorneys and judges will take high school students into the city's courtrooms for an inside look at how the law works. A concluding lunch ends the day, during which the students will hear from this year's guest speaker: Bob Kelly, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers' Stanley Cup-winning teams of the mid-1970s.
The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf, Friday, April 30 – Volunteer attorneys and judges will dress in costume and use facts from the popular fairytales to act out mock criminal trials for grade school children at seven City Hall courtrooms. The students play the role of jury and determine whether the characters are guilty.
Naturalization Ceremony, Monday, May 3 – A dramatic Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new U.S. citizens will be held at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets, at 10:30 a.m. Here, the winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest – named after a past Chancellor of the Bar Association – will read aloud his or her essay. The winning Philadelphia high school senior will be awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.
For more information, visit www.philadelphiabar.org/page/LawWeek.
SOURCE Philadelphia Bar Association