July 13, 2010

Special Social Security Disability-Themed Legal Line, July 21; Volunteers Welcome

This month's Legal Line program will have a special social security disability theme as the Bar Association's Social Security Disability Committee is sponsoring the session. The program takes place on July 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor. Volunteers will field phone calls from the public, providing legal advice or a referral. To inquire about volunteering, contact Stephanie Mensing at smensing@wm-law.net. Food is provided.

Register Now for 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata

Register now for the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. YLD member costs remain at 2007 prices. Early bird pricing registration is available if tickets purchased by Sept. 17. READ MORE

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Register Now for 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata

Register now for the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. YLD member costs remain at 2007 prices. Early bird pricing registration is available if tickets purchased by Sept. 17.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are on tap for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. CLICK HERE for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

THIS THURSDAY: Leading Your Solo and Small Firm

The Bar Association's Law Practice Management Committee will present "Leading Your Solo and Small Firm: Leadership Skills to Advance Your Business or Your Career," featuring Susan Letterman White, J.D., M.S., Letterman White Consulting, this Thursday, July 15 at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor.

Growing your business or advancing your career requires a strategic plan and set of skills that will help you to differentiate your legal services or products from those of everyone else. In this program, participants will learn how to identify their strengths and weakness, locate opportunities and threats, and develop goals and action plans to advance personal career or law firm goals.

The program is free and begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $8.00. CLICK HERE to register.

Women in the Profession Committee to Present "How Do We Eliminate the Income Gap?" July 27

The Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee will present "How Do We Eliminate the Income Gap?" featuring Veta Richardson, the Executive Director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Roberta Liebenberg, Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, at its July meeting, July 27 at 12 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters.

There has been a long-standing pay disparity between women lawyers and their male counterparts, which increases with seniority. Indeed, the largest gap is between male and female equity partners. Given this wage gap, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession collaborated with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association ("MCCA") and the Project for Attorney Retention ("PAR") on the first-of-its-kind survey of women partners on law firm compensation. This historic survey shines a much needed light on how law firms distribute billing origination credit and how that distribution affects compensation and the advancement of women lawyers to positions of real power and influence in their firms.



At the meeting, Veta Richardson will present the results of this important survey. She will be joined by Roberta Liebenberg to discuss steps that must be taken to eliminate the significant income gap between male and female partners and ways to ensure that the substantial accomplishments and contributions made by women lawyers are recognized and rewarded. This program is a must whether you are a new or mid-level associate or a partner.

For more information about the committee, please contact co-chairs Nikki Johnson-Huston (nikki.johnson-huston@phila.gov) or Kimberly Ruch-Alegant (kalegant@alegantlaw.com).

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and our recent June 30 program that featured a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

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