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December 23, 2009

Chancellor’s Reception to Be Held January 5 at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue

The city’s outside chill will get a warm-touch antidote on Tuesday, January 5, when a record number of handshakes are exchanged at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s annual Chancellor’s Reception welcoming Scott F. Cooper, 83rd Chancellor of the Association, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Locust Streets.

This is the event at which even the city’s busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in a long line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

At times, the line of well-wishers will flow through the ballroom foyer, around corridors, past meeting rooms and down to the escalator that leads guests up to the ballroom level. But the honoree, Scott F. Cooper, who leads the Association through 2010, won’t be complaining even though he’ll be at the head of the line the whole time pumping as many as 13 hands per minute.

Cooper, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, is enthusiastically looking forward to the event. “Every year, this is one of my two favorite days on the Bar’s calendar. Our gathering together is one of our most important and time-honored traditions. In this hi-tech and e-mail driven age, it is more important than ever that we meet face-to-face as one Bar. This gathering of lawyers and judges -- of all disciplines and experience -- is truly unique to Philadelphia.”
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