Business Law Section Brings Mindfulness Series to Members: Next CLE July 14
Join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section for a series of programs that will introduce you to a mindfulness practice and the benefits that such a practice can bring to your professional career and life.
Rule 1.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client." Inherent in being a competent attorney is the skill of a lawyer to be mindful and centered. The Business Law Section Mindfulness at the Bar Program will provide members an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of practicing law mindfully.
Mindfulness for lawyers promotes more effective, sustainable work relationships that can positively impact the justice system. Traditional legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe and connect with oneself in order to moderate reactions and respond thoughtfully to clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances the capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in interpersonal interactions. Mindfulness can be another tool to enable better focus on and enjoyment of work.
Here is a look at some of the forthcoming programs in the series:
- Introduction to the Mindful Practice of Law:
The pressures of legal practice are significant, and lawyers need tools to deal with the pressures they face in order to perform optimally and enjoy their professional and personal lives fully. You will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness, as well as some concrete ideas to help you begin to integrate a stress-reducing mindset into your everyday work life.
- Mindful Decision Making:
Learn the definitions of mindful decision-making and how it leads to ethical decision-making. Learn how to make decisions more easily, naturally, peacefully and successfully by giving up stressful decision-making attitudes.
- Leading Mindfully:
Learn the definition of mindful leadership, the power to inspire others to follow by leading consciously and unselfishly. Explore the ingredients to mindful leadership including courage, charisma, enthusiasm and non-judgmental awareness.
- Mindfulness in Practice:
Practice mindfulness in small groups dealing with various scenarios such as a client meeting, a negotiation, a pro bono representation, even a session between a partner and an associate regarding feedback.
The next CLE course titled "Mindful Decision-Making" will be held on Thursday, July 14.
The Business Law Section will also provide members with a resource page on the Philadelphia Bar Association website for more information and new ideas. The Section looks forward to seeing you at the programs.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Kathy I. Jaffari, chair, Business Law Section, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE
CLE - Mindful Decision-Making July 14
Day-to-day decision-making can be stressful. For an attorney, the stress of decision-making is complicated by several factors: the legal issues themselves, the reactions of the involved parties, and the non-legal ramifications of any particular decision. Sometimes an attorney's healthy concern for the client's emotions and reactions can snowball into anxiety. All of this competition for mind share can stymie decision making. The challenge of decision-making may lead to delays in action, which can have worse consequences than a bad decision itself. It is said that "Mindful decision-making begins with the recognition of our need to act."
This program -- the second CLE course in the Business Law Section Mindfulness Series -- examines mindful decision-making and how a mindful approach leads to ethical decision-making. Our faculty will provide a mindfulness foundation, offer a definition for mindful decision making, and walk you through a process for making decisions mindfully and ethically. This interactive program will enable you to incorporate mindfulness into your decision-making process, apply the tools of mindful decision-making to a current decision you face, and leverage the skills of mindfulness to represent your clients ethically and zealously.
Mindfulness is an awareness of life in the present moment creating the opportunity to pause, breathe, and connect with oneself so that we may be able to moderate our reaction and respond thoughtfully to our clients and colleagues. For the same reasons, practicing mindfulness in law enhances our capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in our interactions.
In this program, faculty will highlight:
- Definitions of Mindful Decision-Making
- A Process of Making Decisions Mindfully
- Practical examples, resources and tips
Allow mindfulness to be an everyday tool to enable better focus in your practice of law and bring an enjoyment into your work environment.
8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
CLE - Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings July 19
Responding to Montgomery v. Louisiana
This afternoon CLE program provides training on sentencing mitigation and reentry planning in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, that called for the resentencing of over 300 Philadelphia men and women who were sentenced to life in prison without parole before their 18th birthdays.
ACCR and YSRP have previously hosted 2-day training sessions for mitigation specialists and volunteers who are interested in serving as mitigation specialists. They, along with the Legal Rights of Children Committee, have developed this condensed program to provide an overview of the fundamentals of mitigation and reentry as they relate to an attorney preparing for and presenting a resentencing hearing.
This three-hour CLE program will highlight the following:
- Introduction & What is Mitigation?
- Mitigation Toolkit
- Records Collection
- Witness Interviews
- Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health
- Preparing for Reentry
- Q & A
Join your colleagues for a step-by-step overview of sentencing mitigation and reentry planning.
Mitigation and Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.
CLE - Nursing Home Litigation 101 Aug. 4
As the aging population in our country continues to grow at a steady pace, many of us will have family members living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities because of their physical or mental condition.
This CLE presentation will cover the basics of nursing home litigation from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. Expert practitioners will offer guidance regarding documentation issues that are unique to nursing home litigation, common themes and defenses in typical nursing home litigation and a discussion of strategy concerning expert retention.
This program will outline the following topics:
- Documents to request/preserve
- Hybrid electronic/paper charts
- Incident reports, 24 hour reports, staffing documents
- Admissions documents, including arbitration agreement and power of attorney
- Powers of attorney, raising estates
- Are they enforceable?
- Wrongful death
- Practice standards
- Significant co-morbidities and unavoidable wounds
- Recovery/Impact on Quality of Life
- Staffing claims
- State regulation regarding staffing, 2.7 PPD
- Nursing experts
Distribution of funds from recovery
- Medical and Estate liens
- Death petitions and special needs trusts
This program will provide attendees with basic tools to successfully litigate these challenging cases.
Nursing Home Litigation 101
12-2:15 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.
CLE - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Aug. 24
Second FREE CLE for Philadelphia Bar Association Members in good standing.
This 2-hour ethics CLE will feature Shelly Lawson, vice president at USI Affinity and the head of Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) claims for CNA. Learn why lawyers are being sued for malpractice. What are the areas of practice where suits are most common? Are letters of disengagement really that important? Why shouldn't lawyers handle a real estate settlement for a friend who needs just a little bit of help? Using your cell phone and iPad for communications with clients is certainly convenient but does it expose you to liability? This two-hour ethics program will delve into the who, what, where and why of being sued for malpractice and how best to avoid it.
Avoiding Legal Malpractice
9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
2016 Annual Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship July 21
Love trivia? Possess a wealth of knowledge about all things obscure? Tired of "proving" your skills by yelling at Jeopardy contestants on TV?
Come compete against your friends and colleagues at the annual installment of the Affinity Bar Association Quizzo Championship at Field House on Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Presented by the Young Lawyers Division, this event is open to the entire legal community. If you are not a member of one of the participating groups, volunteer your talents to the highest bidder (and consider joining)!
To participate, you must register in advance. Deadline to register is July 19.
Networking: 5-6 p.m.
Quizzo starts at 6 p.m.
Entry Fee - $10
One hundred percent of the entry fee proceeds go to the winning team's choice of one of the legal public service agencies supported by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. This event is sponsored by:
Attendees will receive a drink ticket and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, world-class Quizzo by Quizzomaster Ed Beitz, a chance to win a prize gift basket filled with items donated by the participating groups and a chance at eternal glory by having your team's name engraved on the coveted Quizzo Championship trophy!
Field House is located at 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register click here.
Register Today for 2016 Bench-Bar Sept. 23-24: Friday Night "Party Under the Stars"
Come out to the "Party Under the Stars" reception and dinner (weather permitting) on Friday night!
The Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its 2016 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
The Association is proud to be hosting the 2016 Bench-Bar at the new, world-class $125 million Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Resort. An additional 100,000 square feet of meeting space makes the Waterfront Conference Center the largest meeting facility of its kind from Baltimore to Boston. This year's conference begins at a NEW TIME on Friday, 10:30 a.m., and will feature new CLE and other fun conference activities.
Attracting hundreds of lawyers and judges, the annual conference provides attorneys with an opportunity to earn CLE credits while getting a chance to network and socialize with colleagues and members of the judiciary.
For more information on the new format for 2016 and to register, visit PhilaBenchBar.com
New Member Benefits from Orangetheory Fitness, Finn McCool's Ale House, Brü Craft & Wurst, Brooks Brothers, Zipcar, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Verizon, Best Buy, Expedia and More
Visit Member Benefits for full details.
Ball games, cookouts, pool parties and summer deals from Lenovo!
June brings a home run of instant savings on Lenovo's award winning technologies. As a Philadelphia Bar Association member you can take advantage of this month's special offers up to 29 percent off select grand slam performing Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Accessories and more! Don't forget to prepare for rainy days, upgrade your warranty service!
Shop now, save and enjoy!
- Up to 29% off Lenovo Desktops
- up to 27% off Lenovo Laptops
- up to 20% off Lenovo Tablets
- up to 15% off ThinkPad Laptops and ThinkCentre Desktops
Visit www.lenovo.com/philadelphiabar or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 7040 (M-F: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST, Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST).
With Orangetheory Fitness, Philadelphia Bar Association Members can take advantage of affordable group personal training at our very best price. Discover all the benefits of being a member of Orangetheory Fitness! Stop by a studio and our staff members will explain the options so you can choose what's best for you. First time? Drop in for a free session.
Base. Push. All out. Fitness, meet science. The idea of Orangetheory is this: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates "Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption," or EPOC. It's what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.
Corporate rates for Philadelphia Bar Association Members are valid at our Center City, Doylestown-Warrington and Willow Grove locations only. Questions? Contact Rob Ferrall at (215) 543-3833.
Finn McCool's Ale House
Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special prcing at Finn McCool’s Ale House, conveniently located on the corner at 12th and Sansom streets in the heart of Philadelphia’s Midtown Village. We proudly feature 17 draft beers including Irish standards and local craft brews. While you visit our Ale House ask to see our menu. We offer tasty appetizers like our Finn’s Philly Rolls, burgers and sandwiches, and all your favorite traditional Irish dishes. Our weekly evening events, Quizzo and Karaoke, will bring fun and diversity to your experience.
Philadelphia Bar Association members save 20 percent (excluding Happy Hour) and 10 percent during Thursday Happy Hour.
Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.
*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.
Brü Craft & Wurst
Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of special pricing from Brü Craft & Wurst, an indoor bierhall and wursthaus in the middle of Midtown Village at Chestnut and 13th streets in Philadelphia.
Acthung! Enjoy 39 drafts loaded on tap with a full blitz of domestic and import bottles. Their food is not for the faint of appetite. Come by yourself or bring your friends, so long as they are strong.
Association members save 20 percent off their total check during lunch hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Show your Philadelphia Bar Association membership card (available in the Member Center*) to receive the discount.
*Members must be logged into the site to access their membership card.
The Philadelphia Bar Association is excited to announce a new partnership with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to its members. HotelStorm negotiates hotel discounts only available to Association members, with discounts up to 55 percent. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether personal or professional – and you'll find savings of 10-55 percent over other online travel agencies.
Members can login to Member Benefits and view instructions and discount code.
All Philadelphia Bar members have the opportunity to enroll for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card. As a Brooks Brothers Corporate Member, you will receive an everyday 15 percent savings* on full-priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at Brooks.Brothers.com.
How can you start receiving this wonderful benefit today?
Members can login to Member Benefits and view instructions and discount code.
* Valid on full priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at BrooksBrothers.com (for shipments to U.S. or Canada only). In order to receive your discount online, your billing and shipping address must match the address provided when enrolling for a Corporate Membership Card. Please present your membership card to receive your discount in stores. Use of this card constitutes acceptance of all published Corporate Membership program terms and conditions. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion and does not apply to taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming, engraving, alterations or personalization. Excludes charitable items and gift card purchases, Made to Measure and Special Order clothing purchases and applies to select watches and select Brooks Brothers shoe styles only. No adjustment on previous or future purchases. If you return all or some of the merchandise, the dollar value of this discount will not be refunded or credited to your account. This Program may be modified or cancelled by Brooks Brothers at any time. For member assistance please call Corporate Incentive Services toll-free at 1.866.515.4747, M-F 9am – 5 pm, ET. For store locations please visit www.BrooksBrothers.com/stores.
Philadelphia Bar Association members receive discounted rates on Zipcar membership! This allows members to get reduced rates on their new or existing Zipcar memberships. With hybrids, sedans, minivans, cargo vans and pickups available by the hour or the day, Zipcar is a great solution to all your driving needs.
A member perk that keeps giving:
- No Application Fee
- Half Price Annual Membership (only $35)
Current discounted weekday rates:
- Discounted Hourly Rate: starting at $8.75
- Business Day Rate (7 a.m.-7 p.m.): $59
- 24-Hour Day Rate: $69
Zipcar includes gasoline, insurance and 180 miles.
Join today. Simply fill out the online application here
. Use the promo code PHLBAR16 to receive $25 in driving credit. Promo code expires April 30, 2016 and is good for two weeks after redemption.
Already a member? Give us a call at 1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227) and select option No. 2 for account assistance, followed by option No. 1 for billing. Let the agent know you'd like to be added to the Philadelphia Bar Association – Members affiliate. Alternatively, you can contact Michael McFarland at email@example.com with your existing Zipcard #.
See you on the road soon,
The Zipcar for Business Team
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Take $10 off Rodizio dinner per person Sunday – Thursday (regular price or group packages#&41;. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupons. Chima offers free valet parking. To get this discount please give your business card to your server and mention "CPP-BarAssociation." This offer is valid at Chima Philadelphia only. To learn more about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, click here.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Located in the historic and iconic PSFS building, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a historically modern 4-diamond hotel providing the business and leisure traveler a sophisticated and luxury experience. Providing the most impressive views in the city, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel recently completed a full renovation to include the popular neighborhood restaurant, Bank & Bourbon. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of Center City surrounded by hundreds of restaurant options, historic landmarks and a variety of shopping. Loews Philadelphia Hotel is currently offering a special rate to all Philadelphia Bar Association members, featuring 20% off the rate of the day. Visit Member Benefits for full details.
New Benefits from NPP
Take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers now available to Philadelphia Bar Association members through National Purchasing Partners (NPP).
NPP negotiates discounted pricing from prominent companies to help Association members save money on their everyday purchases. Products include wireless service, travel, furniture and more.
This program is free and there is no obligation to purchase. Some of our vendor partners include Expedia, DocuSign, Best Buy and, if eligible, Verizon Wireless.
To learn more about the discounts now available to you and your firm, enroll with NPP today. Once you submit your registration you will receive a confirmation email and be contacted by an NPP representative to explain how the program works.
For help registering or questions regarding discounts, please contact: (800) 810-3909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to bring its members valuable discounts on products and services you need, and is excited to announce the UPS® Savings Program! Plus get 50%* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll!* Make the most out of your membership and take advantage of competitive rates on UPS® shipping services. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of speed, reliability and cost.
Save on a broad portfolio of UPS shipping services for you and your business, including:
- Up to 34%* on UPS Air letters
- Up to 30%* on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)
- Up to 32%* on UPS International imports and exports
- Up to 18%* on UPS® Ground shipments
- Savings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight® LTL shipments over 150 lbs.
- 50%* on UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Saver®, UPS Worldwide Express® export, UPS Worldwide Saver® export, and UPS Worldwide Expedited® export shipments for up to four weeks after you enroll.*
You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save.
Take advantage of this valuable member benefit today. To enroll and start saving, or if you have any questions, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or visit savewithups.com/philadelphiabar/.
Enrollment in the UPS Savings Program is free for Philadelphia Bar Association members, with no fees or minimum shipping requirements. Once you are signed up, using UPS is easy. Shipments can be processed online and dropped off at any of the 60,000 drop-off points. Or for added convenience, schedule a same-day or future pickup at 1-800-PICK-UPS®.
*Introductory Program discounts will be applied to accounts for Weeks 1 through 4 on the UPS Savings Program. Week 1 includes the date that discounts are applied. Weeks are calculated Sunday through Saturday.
Avis®/Budget® Car Rental
Drive on up to 25 percent off Avis base rates plus other great offers. Life is nonstop. We're here to keep you moving. From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip. So when you drive off, you'll be ready for whatever the journey brings. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always receive up to 25 percent off your rental when you use AWD# D423501, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you'll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit avis.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation. Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty.
Adventure awaits. Save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates plus get other sweet deals. When you rent a car, you shouldn't need a handbook. Why not choose simple, smart and easy on the wallet? Then you can focus on getting there and having fun doing it. As Philadelphia Bar Association members you always save up to 25 percent off Budget base rates with offer code (BCD) D836601, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade or a free weekend day. Plus with a complimentary membership in Budget Fastbreak, enjoy our fastest, easiest rental experience! Visit budget.com/PhiladelphiaBar or call 1-800-527-0700 to make a reservation. Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,350 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,650 locations.
Purchasing office supplies and equipment from Office Depot, members save at least 10 percent off the web price on a wide variety of high-quality office supplies, including paper, organizational products, calendars and planners, ink/toner, computer accessories, furniture and more.
Discount on MyCase Practice Management Software
MyCase is the premier web-based legal practice management software. Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one platform at an affordable price. MyCase is offering a 10 percent lifetime discount to Philadelphia Bar Association Members. Visit mycase.com for more information.
Reedman-Toll Auto World
Reedman-Toll, in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Association, is happy to offer all Philadelphia Bar Association members the following discounts at all of our dealerships (Reedman-Toll Auto World, Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Spencer Chevrolet).
- Receive a two-year maintenance plan with any vehicle purchase.
- New Vehicle Pricing - 1 percent under invoice on the purchase of any new vehicle in stock (Specialty performance vehicles excluded).
- Used Vehicle Pricing - $1,000 off advertised selling price on any used vehicle. Some restrictions apply.
- 10 percent discount on any service performed in our service departments. (Cannot be combined with any other offers. Up to $100 maximum discount)
Reedman-Toll Auto World (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar) is located at 1700 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, Pa. 19047. For sales, contact Gloria Wagner at 215-757-4961, ext. 200.
Caitlin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is at 140 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046. Contact Terri White at 215-690-3770, ext. 2000.
Spencer Chevrolet is located at 840 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064. Call Fred Stenger at 484-472-6290, ext. 2210.
You must present your Philadelphia Bar Association Membership Card to qualify. Membership cards are available online at philadelphiabar.org in the Member Center section. You must be logged in to your profile to access the Membership Card.
Abington Art Center
Philadelphia Bar Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on store purchases and 10 percent off annual memberships for new Abington Art Center members.
Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts a part of your world. We believe art should be engaging, approachable and, above all else, fun. At Abington Art Center, you won't just observe art. You'll touch it, feel it, create it and be a part of it. Membership card must be presented to receive discount. Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa.
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia Bar Association members can take advantage of specially discounted tickets at the Please Touch Museum for a day out with the family.
To get in on the fun, just visit the Association's Member Benefits page to purchase tickets.
Please Touch Museum was named one of the top 10 children's museums in the country by Parents magazine and is the perfect attraction for families with young children. Adults will enjoy our Centennial Tours of Memorial Hall, complete with historical background of the national landmark and 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.