November 20, 2007

YLD Holiday Party Thursday, Nov. 29

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The YLD Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Triumph Brewing Company in Olde City.

The cost of $30 includes open bar (microbrewed beer and mixed drinks) and food. If you are a law student member of the YLD, tickets are $25. Non-members may also attend for $35.

Triumph Brewing Company is located at 117-121 Chestnut Street.

The YLD Holiday Party is sponsored by Dechert LLP.

Purchase tickets now.

"So You Want to Take Misdemeanor Appointments" CLE Nov. 30

Come get an introduction to practice in the Philadelphia Municipal Court while hearing from a panel of experienced practitioners and judges on the mechanics of criminal practice. Learn how the criminal division is organized and how to maneuver your way through its courtrooms at PBI on Friday, November 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free lunch provided for those who attend. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 a.m.

Featured Speakers include: Hon. Susan I. Schulman, Kerry S. Gerace, Paul Messing, Willie Lee Nattiel, Jr. and Alan L. Yatvin.

Registration is available here.

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Philadelphia Flyers Present Lawyer Appreciation Night

Come mingle with fellow lawyers as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Montreal Canadians on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Between now and December 12, selected seats in the mezzanine level of the Wachovia Center are available to lawyers, friends and family members for a discount of $10 ($47.50 seats for $37.50 and $42 seats for $32). To take advantage of these discounts, please click here and enter the promo code LAWNIGHT. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Remillard at 215-952-5727.

Tis the Season - to Imbibe or not to? by Lisa Goldstein

Waiter: Would monsieur care for another bottle of Chateau Latour? Navin: Ah yes, but no more 1966. Let’s splurge! Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff. Steve Martin/ The Jerk

With the holidays quickly approaching, the subject of alcohol and client relationships warrants a discussion. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a teetotaler, developing business relationships frequently involves networking at cocktail parties, or dining at restaurants where alcohol is served. Old school Philadelphia Rainmakers still close many deals over three martini lunches at The Palm. I am not suggesting that this is a style that works for everyone, however, as a young rainmaker, navigating the rules of social drinking can be critical to business development.

The Lunch/Dinner Meeting

You are hosting a prospective client. The waiter hands you a wine list with the menu. You don’t know the first thing about wine, and you don’t even feel like drinking. What should you do?

The first thing to remember about business entertainment is that the purpose of a business meeting is to make your guest feel comfortable with you. Therefore, you should let your guest take the lead. Offer the wine list to the guest. If the guest would like to order wine, join your guest. Even if you are not going to drink the glass, a sip of wine will make your guest more comfortable. The same principal goes for any drink. When the waiter takes the drink order, allow your guest to order first.

Other rules of thumb are: 1. Never consume more alcohol than your guest. 2. You don’t need to follow your guest’s lead beverage for beverage.

The Cocktail Party

Some holiday parties and networking events still involve open bars. This is a situation where excessive drinking can occur. After all, a few cocktails can take the pain away from talking to strangers, or people whom you don’t know that well.

Remember, the purpose of the event is business. Even if you like to down a few socially, you need to keep your wits about you during the event.

Another problem that can arise at cocktail parties is inappropriate alcohol related behavior by clients or prospective clients. From a rainmaking perspective, your goal is to make your clients comfortable. If an inappropriate comment is made, ignore it and change the subject. If a prospect makes an inappropriate comment, it depends how egregious the comment was. The beauty of rainmaking is that you get to choose your clients. You can always walk away.

I hope this article helps you make rain this holiday season. The bottom line is that social events offer an opportunity to get to know your clients and prospects better, and build relationships. Cheers!

Law Practice Management Division Presents "Penny Saved = Penny Earned" on Dec. 7

Join the Finance Committee of the Law Practice Management Division along with the Association of Legal Administrators as they host "Penny Saved = Penny Earned" roundtable discussion on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m.

The discussion will include ways to stop wasteful spending in the workplace. Registration is available at philadelphiabar.org.

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