July 5, 2011

Save $80 on Bench-Bar Registration

Early-bird savings is yours to enjoy when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16. READ MORE

Fraudulent Conveyance Task Force to Host July 20 LegalLine

The Fraudulent Conveyance Task Force will host the next LegalLine, July 20 from 5-8 p.m. Those in need of legal advice or referrals can call 215-238-6333 and speak with a volunteer attorney.


Save $80 Now on Bench-Bar Registration

Register by September 16 to save $80 on full conference admission to the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.

Click here to register. Visit the official website here.

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench.

If booked by Sept. 16, registration for members is $349; for non-members, $399; and for members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys, $199. After Sept. 16, registration is $429 for members, $479 for non-members, and $279 for for members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 24 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here to register.

Next Networking Happy Hours: July 14 and August 4

Enjoy drinks and appetizers while socializing with friends and colleagues at the July 14 and August 4 Networking Happy Hours.

July 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ladder 15

The YLD and the Camden County Bar Association's YLD will co-host the Thursday, July 14 Networking Happy Hour at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St. The event is sponsored by Angela Barnshaw of Keller Williams Realty and Woodard & Curran.

August 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Pyramid Club

The YLD and the Young CPAs will co-host the Thursday, August 4 Networking Happy Hour at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street.

Registration is not required for either event. The first 50 to arrive will receive complimentary drink tickets. We hope to see you there!

National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, Nov. 8

Chief Legal Officers and Law Firm Managing Partners from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Three concurrent breakout sessions may focus on topics such as the role(s) white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Gerry L. Williams, partner, DLA Piper, Atlanta; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge." They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.