March 09, 2004
Bench-Bar Conference Set for Nov. 5-6
BENCH-BAR RETURNS TO ATLANTIC CITY NOV. 5 & 6
Atlantic City will welcome Philadelphia lawyers and judges once again when the Association convenes its 40th Bench-Bar Conference at the new Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Nov. 5 and 6, 2004.
Chancellor Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua has appointed former Board of Governors Chair Jeffrey M. Lindy as chair of the conference. Plans are being finalized for a conference that will mix substantive law workshops and social events in a relaxed environment that will allow attendees to earn up to 6.5 CLE credits over two days.
"I'm happy that after an absence of 17 years we will reconvene the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference in Atlantic City," Bevilacqua said. "Now the bench and the bar can once again come together in a setting outside of Center City for discussion, education and camaraderie."
The Chancellor noted that "for many years our Philadelphia lawyers and the members of our judiciary looked forward to this fall conference for professional growth and enrichment. Since 1997, though, we haven't had a full-fledged Bench-Bar Conference. Well, we can begin looking forward to this event once again because the 2004 Bench-Bar Conference at the Borgata will provide us with a great program in Atlantic City."
Bevilacqua said the 2004 Bench-Bar Conference will be "all new" but will also contain familiar features for those who fondly remember past Bench-Bar events. "We've incorporated some of those elements that people miss from the past conferences but also added features to attract new attendees and younger participants," he explained. He cited the dramatic new location of the conference as one of the prime reasons for the return to Atlantic City. "This is a place that truly stands apart in terms of its style, atmosphere, functionality and beauty," Bevilacqua explained.
Since its opening last year, Borgata has quickly become an Atlantic City landmark and one of the most successful attractions of its type in the nation. Borgata features 2,002 guest rooms and suite, 11 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 50,000-square-foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, 125,000 square feet of gaming and parking for 7,100 cars. Borgata also boasts a state-of-the-art business center and distinctive, finely appointed meetings area that operates much like a separate conference center.
The $1 billion Borgata is the first hotel casino to be built in Atlantic City in 13 years. The initial impression of Borgata's elegant style is marked by the private hotel lobby displaying marble archways, dark wood furnishings and door panels, buttery yellow wall accents, and a dramatic crystal chandelier suspended from the vaulted ceiling. The guest reception floor is an expanse of ochre and beige-colored marble, quarried from Grenada, Spain, while a dramatic wall of water, illuminated by a half-million-dollar lighting treatment, provides a fun backdrop to the reception area. The mixture of rich, textured and eye-appealing elements is carried out throughout the property.
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