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October 09, 2009

Panel Discussion with City Council Members, State of the Courts Address from Pennsylvania Judges, and Sports Talk Program Highlight the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2009 Bench Bar and Annual Conference

A panel of City Council members will discuss what it takes to make Philadelphia the “Next Great City” at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2009 Bench Bar and Annual Conference, October 23 and 24 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. This premiere event for Philadelphia attorneys and judges will also feature a State of the Courts address from Pennsylvania’s top judges and a Sports Talk program hosted by Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese of SportsRadio 610-WIP.

Kicking off the Conference on Friday, October 23 at 12 p.m., City Council members Blondell Reynolds Brown, Bill Green, Brian O’Neill and Marian Tasco will discuss the future of Philadelphia in a forum moderated by KYW Newsradio 1060 anchor Wally Kennedy.

Friday will also feature six distinct Continuing Legal Education (CLE) break-out seminars, each taught by prominent members of the bench and bar. These include: Effective Negotiation and Advocacy; The Counsel Fees Conundrum: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar; Alternative Fee Arrangements: Bang for Your Clients’ Bucks or Loss Leader; Navigating Your Way Through Commerce Court; Medicare Set-Asides: Changes in the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Navigating Your Way Through the Set-Aside Mazel; and Is Forensic Science Really Science?

The day concludes with a Grand Reception at The Pool After Dark, one of Atlantic City’s hottest night spots.

The Saturday, October 24 session begins at 8 a.m. with the Conference’s first-ever Sports Talk program hosted by local radio celebrity Anthony Gargano and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ike Reese. Gargano and Reese will give their unique take on the state of Philadelphia sports and answer questions from the audience.

Saturday also features another six CLE break-out seminars, including State and Federal Coordination in Complex Litigation and Mass Tort Cases; Challenging Times in a Troubled Economy: What Directors and Officers Need To Do Now; Ethical Considerations for Lawyers with Respect to Communications, Marketing and Public Relations; Deans of the Bar: Delivering Winning Closing Arguments; The Public’s Perception of the Courts; and What Every Lawyer Should Know About Estate Law.

The slate of programming concludes at 12:30 p.m. with a State of the Courts Plenary and Luncheon, the final CLE session. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; President Judge Kate Ford Elliot, Superior Court of Pennsylvania; Judge Robert (“Robin”) Simpson, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District; and President Judge Marsha H. Neifield, Municipal Court of Philadelphia will give attendees a comprehensive update on the current state of Pennsylvania’s court system, moderated by Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov.

Founded in 1802, the Philadelphia Bar Association is America’s first chartered metropolitan bar association. Composed of 13,000 members, the Association serves the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. The Bench Bar and Annual Conference typically attracts more than 300 attorneys and judges.

This year’s Conference is sponsored by USI Affinity, JuriStaff, PNC Wealth Management, American Lawsuit Funding, Iron Mountain, JAMS, LexisNexis, The Legal Intelligencer, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting, Court Call, Eastern Pennsylvania Orthopedics, the ABA Retirement Funds Program, Philadelphia Pain Management and MRI, and Summit Pharmacy.

The Conference is open to Philadelphia Bar Association members and non-members. For pricing, a full schedule and to register, visit or call 215-238-6300. Hotel reservations can be made through Harrah’s at 1 (800) 345-7253.
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