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February 04, 2009

Chris Matthews to Speak at YLD Annual Meeting Feb. 23

Political commentator Chris Matthews will give the keynote remarks at the Young Lawyers Division Annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, which will include remarks by YLD Chair Brian Chacker with his plans for 2009. The event begins at 12 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $50 for Association members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The YLD will also present its annual awards at the event. The Craig M. Perry Award will be presented to Nikki Johnson-Huston, an assistant city solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer, 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice, who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work.

The Sean Peretta Award will be presented to Stella Tsai, a partner with Archer & Greiner, P.C. and Robert S. Tintner, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. The Peretta Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service.

The YLD Vision Award will be presented to Kroll. The award is presented annually to an organization – whether law firm, business corporation, non profit, or other group – that has provided outstanding support to the YLD in the fulfillment of its mission: to promote and preserve the interests of young lawyers, improve the quality of the legal system, provide a forum for the exchange of views among young lawyers, encourage the professional development of young lawyers through educational and service programs, participate in the growth and advancement of the legal profession, and encourage young lawyers to represent deserving clients on a pro bono basis.

Matthews hosts “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” seen weekdays on MSNBC as well as the syndicated weekly news program “The Chris Matthews Show.” He is a regular commentator on NBC’s “Today” show.

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