September 17, 2008

Representing High-Profile Clients is Closing Program Sept. 21 at Annual Conference at Bally's

Attorneys (from left) William R. "Billy" Martin, Theodore Simon and Neal R. Sonnett will discuss their experiences defending high-profile clients in the closing program at the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sunday, Sept. 21. The panel will be moderated by truTV's Jami Floyd (right).

A panel discussion focusing on the interaction of professional ethics and the use of media, featuring attorneys who have represented high-profile clients, will be the closing program at the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

The three-day conference at Bally's Atlantic City features 24 CLE seminars with 13 CLE credits available. Click here for more information on the conference.

PhiLAWpalooza Oct 2 at J.C. Dobbs

CMSResources/ooza.jpgThe Young Lawyers Division will host its second annual PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2 at the legendary J. C. Dobbs on South Street, with an exciting line-up of bands comprised of Philadelphia lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

This year's line-up includes fan favorites A Band Called M (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP) and Class Action (Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin) playing rock-n-roll hits. Newcomers include Habeus Crappus (Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.), Roger Delco (Law Offices of David W. Wolf) and special guest Paula Boggs, general counsel for Starbucks.

This year also features an upstairs stage for open mic-style performances or jam sessions. Lawyers are encouraged to bring along an acoustic guitar or other unplugged instrument for a little more chilled out experience.

The bands are very excited about performing at J. C. Dobbs, where they will rock the same stage where Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Green Day made their Philadelphia debuts. "At a recent Pearl Jam concert, Eddie Vedder spoke happily about the reopening of J. C. Dobbs. High praise indeed," said Class Action lead singer Hank Resch. "Obviously, we are thrilled and honored at the opportunity to play at this legendary venue where so many great musicians have performed over the years. I hate to date myself so badly, but my first visit to Dobbs was in 1977 when I saw George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers."

PhiLAWpalooza will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Association members ($15 at the door) and $15 for non-members ($18 at the door). Admission includes rock-n-roll, drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and exciting drink specials! J. C. Dobbs is located at 304 South St. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Jayne Navarre on Social Media Sept. 22

Jayne Navarre, managing director of LawGravity LLC, will present "Community and Social Media – Use It or Lose" at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

For those new to community and social media and its powerful potential in building relationships, this presentation will give you basic background. For those who've already tested or plunged into the social computing waters, you may find Navarre's prospective as a veteran in-house legal marketer and Web strategist helpful in adding new ideas to your social-networking tool kit.

The meeting 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.

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Fannies, Foxwoods and Pomeranians by Harper Dimmerman

By the time I finally sat down to write this column, I was still undecided about which one of a handful of topics I wanted to discuss. The government seizure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac certainly ranks right up there. Under the terms of that monumental deal, the Treasury has committed to purchasing mortgage backed securities owned by the financing behemoths to boost liquidity in the mortgage market. A loan of up to $200 billion is also in the offing. And then there's the story about the Foxwood casino developers targeting The Gallery (as in the mall across the street from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court) as the site for their widely-anticipated hall of gambling and debauchery. Proponents tout the move as one which would restore Market Street to its supposed glory days, which is frankly pretty tough to visualize. And then there are others, like Woulfe, a philly.com reader, who thinks that a casino at that venue would be "like putting lipstick on a pig." Needless to say, Woulfe's diplomatic little nugget sparked quite the cyberspace discussion. It's a scary time when gamblers rack up debt in one place and then walk across the street to file for bankruptcy. Finally, there's the Unisys logo zoning controversy. The last time I checked, Philadelphia was having a very tough time luring big business into town. Not that that would matter to the residents who can afford a pad in Liberty Two.

Anyway, I decided to write about something near and dear to my heart, the pitfalls of condominium life. Since I can't vent about it at home, why not do it here? And trust me, it's more than just my misanthropic outlook which has prompted me to expose a few of the dirty little secrets about my quaint commune. Let's start with the guy who died a couple weeks ago. Of course it was all very hush hush - the existential approach to condominium management works wonders. But according to a very reliable source (he's a lawyer), the paramedics couldn't find the deceased's apartment. Apparently emergency plans are optional these days, which makes perfect sense. The security guard at the front gate had little if anything to go on in the way of directing the ambulance driver. An hour later...

And then there's the noise. I definitely didn't buy there because of the representations like the one about the paradisiacal pool, starting to look more like a mirage than anything else. But I could've never imagined the construction hell I'd be forced to endure for months on end. A few weeks after moving in, ground was broken on the first of three buildings which would insure my view was forever limited to bricks and mortar, as opposed to the "best view on that side of the community." Gee. I wonder where I got that. I can't even see the Unisys sign that never was. Just in case the din of moving earth, heavy equipment and the Village People wasn't enough, I've got a grad student living below me whose sweet revenge for us having a kid is buying a video game system with surround sound, sub-woofers and all. It's a regular child's fantasy. Well, thanks to him, the guy who bought the cheaper unit, my bed four stories up now vibrates in the wee hours of the morning (thanks entirely to him).

Fortunately for him, he didn't show up at the annual homeowner appreciation BBQ, just this past weekend. Great food and Blues, courtesy of Famous Dave's, all taking place on the front lawn of the community. Incidentally, that lawn is also where the resident dogs take care of their business. Nothing like the sweet smell of ribs and dog dirt. The dirt is complements of the owners who fancy themselves too good to pick up and probably the same ones objecting to the lawn being used as an organized child's play group spot. As the world of narcissistic people turns...I'd gander one of the vocal objectors is a sub-prime mortgage broker with a yappy canine off leash.

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