June 22, 2007

Immigration, Refugee Overview June 28

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will present a panel discussion on Thursday, June 28 on the immigrant and refugee communities living in the Philadelphia region with special emphasis on the recent refugees who are resettling here. There will be an update and a discussion on the recently proposed federal legislation and elements of comprehensive immigration reform.

Panelists for the program include: Nan Feyler, executive director, Nationalities Service Center; Regan Cooper, executive director, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition; Ayodele Gansallo, senior staff attorney, HIAS and Council Migration Service; Juliane Ramic, director of social services, Nationalities Service Center; and Art Read, general counsel, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

This program is sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, Hispanic Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, the Barrister's Association and the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division.


Balancing BlackBerrys, Babies and Billable Hours by Tricia Parker

This month, Brett Feldman had just minutes until an important presentation. A land use attorney at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg & Ellers, Feldman, 34, was presenting new plans for a Center City Starbucks. More than 20 people were in attendance at the evening meeting on April 24, including a representative from Starbucks and members of the local zoning committee. It was a critical presentation, and Feldman had prepared for weeks.

But he still had one thing left to do.

"I knew I had five minutes before [my daughter] Talia was going to bed," said Feldman. "I called and she said 'Daddy, where are you? Are you gonna come home?'" And I said, "No, I'm at a meeting." At age 2, Talia crashes early -- about 8 p.m. For her dad, capturing her last waking moments is crucial. "If I can get out [of the office] at 7:30 p.m., I can be there to catch it," said Feldman. "Things like that can really make a difference."

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Roll the dice and gamble on fun and exciting "Ocean's Thirteen" by Bill Larson

3.5 Buckets of Popcorn out of 4

OK, admit it. You've seen at least one movie in your life that made you want to star in that film. As a kid I wanted to be the lightsaber-wielding hero in "Star Wars." And when childhood fantasy gave way to adulthood realism, I wanted to be the slick, well-dressed hero in a film where I could do anything with a smile, some brains and lots of bravado.

This summer, that hero is Danny Ocean and the film is "Ocean's Thirteen."

When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) double-crosses one of the original Ocean's eleven, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Danny (George Clooney) and the gang plan their most ambitious casino caper yet (half-a-billion dollars plus some snazzy diamonds), making mincemeat of Willy on the biggest night of his life, the grand opening of his new casino.

It's great to see that Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh actually paid attention to how bad "Ocean's Twelve" was and got back to the basics for this really cool, third go-around. Yes, my friends, this is one "three-quel" that works. It has a great plot (but pay attention because details happen fast and furiously), a great look and characters that seem like old friends.

At one point during the movie I started laughing to myself because this is one of the most fantastic, "I can't believe stuff like this would work" films you'll see this year. It's just plain fun. And after seeing "Ocean's Thirteen," not only did I want to get dressed up in a great, sharp new suit but I wanted to go to Atlantic City or Vegas to play some craps (my favorite table game).

If you love a good heist flick, roll up your sleeves and place your bets. This time "Thirteen" is your lucky number.

Brad Pitt ... Rusty Ryan

George Clooney ... Danny Ocean

Matt Damon ... Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge

Michael Mantell ... Dr. Stan

Elliott Gould ... Reuben Tishkoff

Ray Xifo ... Reuben's Butler

Al Pacino ... Willie Bank

Adam Lazarre-White ... Bank's Junior Executive

Eddie Jemison ... Livingston Dell

Don Cheadle ... Basher Tarr/Fender Roads

Shaobo Qin ... Yen/Mr. Weng

Casey Affleck ... Virgil Malloy

Scott Caan ... Turk Malloy

Bernie Mac ... Frank Catton

Carl Reiner ... Saul Bloom/Kensington Chubb

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality.

Runtime: 168 min

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