September 4, 2007

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

Bally's Atlantic City is 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

Tickets Available for Lawyerpalooza October 25

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On October 25, the YLD will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets). The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be other performances by Brad Shuttleworth and Jim Wells. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage!

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC. Click here to purchase tickets.

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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, Villanova University School of Law and Right Management.

Fearless Football Forecast by Jeff Lyons

It says here the Philadelphia Eagles will win at least 12 games this year. With a favorable early schedule and a healthy Donovan McNabb, the Birds should easily win the NFC's Eastern Division. I really like the signing of wide receiver Kevin Curtis. He's going to the main target for McNabb, with Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett getting lots of throws their way as well. Rookie tight end Brent Celek could be the offense's most pleasant surprise this season. Brian Westbrook should have another good year, especially if the Eagles decide to run the ball as much they did last season. And I absolutely love Tony Hunt as the short-yardage back. Look for him to score five or six touchdowns even with limited playing time.

The defense is a bit of a question mark. Brodrick Bunkley has played well in preseason and there is a lot of depth on the line. Linebacker could be a cause for concern, but Takeo Spikes will be the leader, now that Jeremiah Trotter has been released. Rookie Stewart Bradley will get more playing time as the season progresses. The secondary is strong and I wouldn't be surprised to see Quentin Mikell replace Sean Considine at starting safety. David Akers is as good as kickers get.

The Eagles open the season on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Green Bay and should have no problem with an aging Brett Favre and the Packers. Favre isn't getting any younger and his best days are clearly behind him. Donald Driver, Green Bay's best receiver, is questionable with a bad foot. 24-10, Eagles.

The Redskins, the opponent in Week 2, stink. Two members of their receiving corps include Eagles castoffs James Thrash and Todd Pinkston. Quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Clinton Portis have knee issues. I look for the Eagles to win big in their home opener on Monday Night Football by the count of 31-7.

A short week follows with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 23. The Lions, like the Redskins, also stink. They have some nice receivers, but nobody to throw them the ball. Make it 28-3 Eagles.

The Eagles close out September with a trip up the New Jersey Turnpike and a visit with the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 30. I'm not an Eli Manning fan and without Tiki Barber to terrorize the Eagles defense, I look for Philadelphia to finish the month 4-0 with a 17-10 win.

Following a bye week, it's back to the Meadowlands, this time with the New York Jets as the opponents. Does Jets QB Chad Pennington strike fear in anyone's heart? Add in the lack of a running game from the New Yorkers, and the Eagles leave North Jersey for the second time in three weeks with a 17-10 win.

On Oct. 21, the NFC champion Chicago Bears visit Philadelphia in what figures to be the Eagles first big test of the season. The Bears feature a bruising defense and an inconsistent offense. Look for a close game with the Bears edging the Eagles, 16-14.

Former Eagles assistant coach Brad Childress is now the head man in Minnesota, where he'll be directing his Vikings against the Eagles on Oct. 28. The Vikings have explosive rookie running back Adrian Peterson and not much else. McNabb should be able to pick apart the Vikings defense and the Eagles will win, 27-13.

The hated Dallas Cowboys make their annual appearance in Philadelphia on Nov. 4 for a nationally televised Sunday night game. Bill Parcells is gone, replaced by Wade Phillips. The Cowboys will miss Parcells and his discipline and I'm willing to bet Terrell Owens will have done something by this point in the season to make everyone in Texas wonder if he was worth the aggravation. The Eagles take this one, in front of a raucous home crowd, 33-17.

Pencil in another win against Washington on Nov. 11, this time on the road at FedEx Field. I'm expecting the Eagles to have a difficult time with Miami on Nov. 18, only because they'll be looking ahead to the following week's game with New England. But the Eagles will beat the Dolphins, but it won't be pretty.

Then come the Patriots. Thanksgiving Weekend ends with the Eagles on the road in Massachusetts against perennial powerhouse New England on national television. This one has loss written all over it.

The Eagles return home on Dec. 2 to host the Seahawks, another tough matchup. Running back Shaun Alexander is one of the best in the league and their wide receivers are very talented. Seattle has a deep defensive line and looks to be the best team in the NFC West. But the Eagles will be a very determined team, looking to show that they are one of the NFL's elite squads. The Eagles win, by a late David Akers field goal, 24-21.

The Giants visit Philadelphia on Dec. 9 and the Eagles must win this game to solidify their playoff standing, especially with road games the next two weeks in Dallas and New Orleans. Look for a win against the Giants and losses to the Cowboys and Saints. The hand-wringing reaches a crescendo as the Eagles close out the regular season by pounding Buffalo.

If, and that's a really, really, REALLY big if, all the Eagles key players stay healthy for the year, this team should win 12 games. That should be good enough for a first-round playoff bye and a trip to the NFC Championship game.

Jeff Lyons, senior managing editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and Bar Reporter Online, thinks he knows a lot more about football than he really does. He should really stick to writing about baseball.

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