August 21, 2007

Make Room Reservations By Sept. 6 for Bench-Bar to Receive Special Rates

Bally's Atlantic City is now accepting reservations for attendees of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Bench-Bar Conference on Sept. 28-29. This year's conference is expected to bring together hundreds of lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices.

Hotel reservations must be made by Thursday, Sept. 6. to receive special rates. Rooms Thursday night Sept. 27 are $99, Friday night rooms are $144 and Saturday night rooms are $189. 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.

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 connected walkway.

For more information on the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference go to: Bench-Bar 2007

Successful Interviewing CLE Program for Women Sept. 18

The Women in the Profession Committee and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC will host "Successful Interviewing And Beyond: Learning to Effectively Navigate Your Way as a Woman Lawyer to Ensure Success" on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

This program will offer in-depth discussions of how women law students and practitioners can develop the necessary skills to succeed and how employers can achieve more diversity in the legal profession. The first panel will discuss how women law students can select a woman-friendly employer and how practitioners and employers can create and ensure more gender diversity. The second panel will share interview tips and information about what employers want. It will also uncover how women practitioners successfully conduct themselves professionally and navigate their way in the profession. A cocktail reception will follow. Read more...

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Successful Interviewing CLE Program for Women Sept. 18

The Women in the Profession Committee and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC will host "Successful Interviewing And Beyond: Learning to Effectively Navigate Your Way as a Woman Lawyer to Ensure Success" on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

This program will offer in-depth discussions of how women law students and practitioners can develop the necessary skills to succeed and how employers can achieve more diversity in the legal profession. The first panel will discuss how women law students can select a woman-friendly employer and how practitioners and employers can create and ensure more gender diversity. The second panel will share interview tips and information about what employers want. It will also uncover how women practitioners successfully conduct themselves professionally and navigate their way in the profession. A cocktail reception will follow.

The first panel, "The Cheat Sheet: Strategies to Select, Create & Ensure a Woman-Friendly Employer," which is available for one ethics credit of CLE, includes panelists Deborah Epstein Henry (moderator), founder and president, of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, and of counsel, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis; Heather Herrington, an associate with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP; Linda Dale Hoffa, assistant U.S. attorney, assistant chief, Criminal Division, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Roberta D. Liebenberg, co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and a partner with Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; Elaine Petrossian, assistant dean for career strategy and advancement, Villanova University School of Law.

The second panel, "Interviewing Tips to Learn What Employers Want and Proven Methods on How to Conduct Yourself Professionally," includes Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP; Sarah E. Davies, hiring partner with Cozen O'Connor; Katherine Hatton, vice president, general counsel and secretary, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sunah Park, a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP; Molly Peckman, special counsel and director of professional development at Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Peggy Simoncini Pasquay, manager of attorney recruitment and relations, Duane Morris LLP.

Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

If you would like to attend the program and cocktail reception, but are not interested in receiving CLE credit, please contact Dawn Burger.

Sponsors include the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Abelson Legal Search, Coleman/Nourian, Oxford Legal Associates, Sacks Legal Search, Temple University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.

"Superbad" Misses Being Super By That Much by Bill Larson

2.5 Buckets of Popcorn out of 4

I root for the geek &mdash the underdog who should win but doesn't always &mdash because that was me in high school. Going into "Superbad" I was stoked because I saw a little of my youthful self on-screen. Unlike Seth and Evan, the two geeky teenage friends who have only one mission in life &mdash to score with a hot chick at the last party of the year before graduation &mdash I really was concentrating on college (well, OK - and girls).

Now the only way Seth and Evan can go is if they buy the liquor (and like them, I partied with the "cool" kids because I could buy liquor, too, and without my fake I.D.). But what's a geek without a fake I.D. to do? With the enlisted (yet reluctant) help of a third geek, McLovin (don't ask), the three make this a night to remember.

Unlike "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" or "American Pie" the kids in "Superbad" can't cross those boundaries that would make them "men." At times this flick is as raunchy funny as anything I've seen this year. At times, I wished it was PG-13 because of the underlying themes of simple friendship between young and innocent friends with coming-of-age respect for the opposite sex. In other words this film doesn't quite gel because it's almost two sides of the same coin. Best part of the movie, though - the soundtrack. Worth the price of admission alone.

Am I seeing this film the way I should? Maybe, maybe not. I used to be them, but I'm not anymore. And that's OK, too. I think "Superbad" is worth seeing, but could have been greater. In the end it just ends up being a way cool movie to see on DVD while eating pizza bagels.

Cast:

Jonah Hill ... Seth

Michael Cera ... Evan

Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Fogell

Bill Hader ... Officer Slater

Seth Rogen ... Officer Michaels

Martha MacIsaac ... Becca

Emma Stone ... Jules

Aviva ... Nicola

Joe Lo Truglio ... Francis the Driver

Kevin Corrigan ... Mark

Clement Blake ... Homeless Guy (as Clement E. Blake)

Erica Vittina Phillips ... Mindy (Liquor Store Cashier) Joe Nunez ... Liquor Store Clerk (as Joseph A. Nunez)

Dave Franco ... Greg the Soccer Player

Marcella Lentz-Pope ... Gabby

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image - all involving teens.

Runtime: 114 min

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