May 27, 2008

Morial to Address Bar at June 30 Quarterly Meeting

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Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Morial served two distinguished four-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Crafting and Marketing Your Image: What Every Young Lawyer Needs To Know June 3

How do you know if your professional image is working for you? Join us for a candid discussion on the do's and don'ts of building your own personal "brand," and learn the secrets of professional persuasion from the experts. Discover how to edit and tailor your own image to "impress for success." From creating your own style, to attire, speech, and developing a realistic, workable marketing plan -- learn the "hot-button" issues and walk away knowing what today's potential clients and business contacts expect.

Join the Young Lawyers Division for its Live, Lunch and Learn Series on Tuesday, June 3 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center. The panel discussion on "Crafting And Marketing Your Image: What Every Young Lawyer Needs To Know" will include Brian Lipstein of Henry A. Davidsen Tailors and Image Consultants; Jennifer Smuts, director of marketing at Woodcock Washburn; Gina Furia Rubel, president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; and Maggie Suender, director of associate development at Pepper Hamilton LLP. from public relations, associate development, marketing and the clothing industry. Lunch is available for $3 for those who wish to register in advance. Register here.

YLD to Co-Sponsor Real Property Section's Annual Spring Reception Thursday, June 5

Join the YLD as they co-sponsor the Real Property Section's Annual Spring Reception Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Trump Tower Philadelphia Showroom at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 57th floor.

Tickets are $20 for Real Property Section and YLD members and $25 for non-section members. Beer, wine, summer cocktails and special menu tastings from Starr Restaurants are included. Click here to purchase tickets for this event. The reception is sponsored by Agoos/Livera Architects.


Volunteer Attorneys Needed for Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Effort

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones and Judge Annette Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

The President Judge, Judge Rizzo and Philadelphia VIP are asking attorneys to volunteer for the Philadelphia Foreclosure Rescue Effort (Philly FReE). Philadelphia VIP is the City's premier pro bono referral agency. The mortgage foreclosure diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the investment of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

Volunteer attorneys should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month to attend conciliation conferences for several clients in one day. (After the first several months, the court's backlog from the postponed April and May sheriff sales will be reduced and should ease the time commitment.) This volunteer work requires only attending the conciliation conference and making some pre-conference calls to client and opposing counsel. Training will make volunteers aware of when further litigation should be pursued by another attorney.

Training will be held on Tuesday, June 3, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the 11th floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. Attorneys will receive two (2) hours of free substantive CLE credit if they attend two complete morning or afternoon conciliation sessions. Breakfast will be provided through the joint support of the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin.


This Is Where The Magic Happens...! by Harper Dimmerman

"The magic begins on the 37th floor." And no, it's not what you're thinking. Trust me. I'm actually referring to Philadelphia's latest installment in wildly extravagant urban dwelling, situated right there at 16th and Chestnut Streets. For those of you whose canines are craving the next level in decadent living and playdates with Oprah's retrievers followed by monogrammed dog biscuits, Evian spritzers and craniosacral therapy at The Rittenhouse just aren't cutting for Fifi - boy do I have a place for you. It's Two Liberty Place and it's hot, red hot, assuming of course you’ve got a few million buckaroos lying around (after charity of course, i.e. not purchasing entirely unnecessary luxury items under the guise of pumping money into the global economy). The Penthouse can be yours for a cool 15 Million. Any takers?

Two Liberty's developer, bucking the national trend by promoting American narcissism, wants potential buyers out there to know that the Owner's Club will afford "views of the setting sun." Where are we? Out West? Anyway, according to a recent Inquirer piece, every five-star staffer in this ultra-luxe condo is acting "exquisitely polite, enunciating every syllable, and smiling." Because rich people demand superlative enunciation, right? The slogan of the place is "A life designed around you" and one of its biggest selling points is its unyielding commitment to personal service and the elimination of "hassles" from daily life. For instance, in one of the new neighbor's units, a Miele appliance expert was brought in to give a group tutorial on how to operate the washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven and built-in coffee maker. Gotta make sure the Villeroy & Boch china impress.

All ribbing aside, the place sounds pretty remarkable. In case it's not obvious, I'm just envious. Yet I just can’t seem to stop contrasting life in the clouds at Two Liberty with real life. This Memorial Day, I had the good fortune of being invited to Ocean City, New Jersey, for opening weekend. Thousands of calories and several near-miss boardwalk bike accidents later, I finally had the chance to sneak in some quality beach time with the family. I took in my own version of a million dollar view (free I might add) and let philosophical thoughts reign supreme. I remembered why I keep myself too busy to stop and reflect. From the look of the lines at Mack & Manco Pizza or the five dollar-a-pop kiddie rides at the Wonderland Pier, one would be hard pressed to tell we're in the middle of a recession or honoring our country's fallen heroes for that matter.

Warren Buffett, ironically someone who likely couldn't endure the ease of life at Two Liberty for more than a trading day, isn't exactly raving about the state of the economy. And why should he be? Millions of American families are barely subsisting, just one crisis away from financial ruin. Gas prices are at an all-time high thanks to the monopolistic profiteering of our munificent oil companies. Health care. Enough said. I think it's safe to say that borderline poverty, astronomical energy prices, bankruptcies caused by exorbitant medical bills are hassles. Learning how to operate one's designer dishwasher probably doesn’t qualify as a "hassle" to most of the free world.

Then again, I guess everything's relative. Right here on 6th and Bay at casa de los amigos, there was a neighborly dispute over the weekend. Apparently, one neighbor had fantasies about having another neighbor's boisterous dog euthanized, simply for barking too much, too early in the morn’. Not only is Ocean City a dry town, but rumor has it they've got some pretty draconian noise ordinances down there, too. What a hassle! Barking dogs. Never mind Myanmar or the devastation caused by the recent quake in China. Get that miserable neighbor a life designed around her. Wait, she's already living one. Now it's just a matter of making it official, relocating her to a place where the struggles of daily life have been eliminated, all for a price, of course.

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