August 5, 2008

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Early Registration Ends Aug. 15

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Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

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Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City, are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

Scholarship winners will be drawn and announced on Thursday, Sept. 4 during a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Burger by Wednesday, Aug. 13. Scholarships include hotel accommodations for two nights at Bally's as well as all conference fees, CLE credits and meals.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Scholarship donations are also being sought. To donate a scholarship, please contact Conference Co-Chair Rosemary Pinto at 215-546-2604.

Sign up for Attorney Mentoring Programs

Young attorneys will once again have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program. More than twenty senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact Michael B. Hayes.

Also if you would like to be a mentor to a law student, please contact Henry Yampolsky. Please include your practice area when you contact Henry.

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Bench-Bar Annual Conference Early Registration Ends Aug. 15

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

To get more work — be incredible in and outside of your job by Stacy West Clark

Hi Lawyers! This month's marketing tip is:

To get more work — be incredible in and outside of your job.

I wanted to title this article: All I ever needed to learn about marketing I learned from my kid's softball coach and for good reason. I have an 11-year old daughter who is crazy for softball (Little League) and this year she got recruited by Andy Youman, a coach in our township, to play on his team.

I did not know Andy, but I entrusted my daughter's care and softball education to him for about 8 weeks. It was an absolutely terrific season. The team won districts and had a great time at Sectionals. The girls learned something at each and every practice and game and Coach Youman was incredibly motivating, educational and enthusiastic — no matter the results of their efforts-- more so than any coach I can remember my daughter having. She came back from practices saying: Mom I really learned something today. She never came home from a "bad" practice or a "loss" feeling bad about herself or the team — Never.

I credit Coach Youman with all of this. He made a huge impression in my daughter's and thus our lives. When I finally asked what he did professionally, I was told he was a personal injury attorney with Kline Specter.

I checked his bio and read his firm's website and learned he was one of the area's top personal injury lawyers for catastrophic injury and medical malpractice matters.

There are a lot of great lawyers out there that do this kind of work in the City. But...

There is NO DOUBT that should I ever need a personal injury attorney — or need to refer someone to a great one — that I would not hesitate for one iota to refer them to Andy Youman. I have not seen him in action in a legal arena — but I have seen him in the personal arena — which matters just as much to me as when lawyers of equal professional credentials are all spread out before me.

Why?

Because he has demonstrated himself to be an exceptional person to me in a setting that really counts — one that involves my child and our family's life.

The morale of this story of my daughter's 2008 girls softball tournament team is twofold.

1) Handle yourself in an exemplary manner — as Coach Youman has — when you are not at work, and,

2) Participate in "extra-legal activities" where you can let your passions and great character show.

Now it is your turn. Participate in something you are passionate about, make contacts and show what a great person — and thus lawyer — you are. You might just get hired because of it.

As I like to say: get set, get up and get GOING! And a toast to Coach Youman.

Stacy West Clark, Esq. is President of Stacy Clark Marketing LLC, a firm dedicated to helping lawyers and law firms grow their business. She can be reached at: stacyclarkmarketing.com.

Stacy is on the Steering Committee of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, a free group that holds monthly lunch programs for lawyers and marketers on important marketing topics. If you would like to receive invitations to upcoming events, please email Stacy or go to dvlawmarketing.org.

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