News & Noteworthy

"Best Practices" - In July, a group of members met to discuss the logistics of the Pope's visit at the end of September. These “Best Practices” are a summary of what firms have decided to do about the visit.  Our “Best Practices” are based on the information that we have at that time and will be updated as new information becomes available.  Updates will also be sent in a “Message from the Board” or via our listserv. 

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Feeling Welcome in Music City

by Deborah Margulies and Diane Burkhardt



Cost Recovery, a different kind of solution
by Tom Streeper

The Top Ten Reasons You Need Document Management Software
by Ellen Freedman, CLM - Law Practice Management
Pennsylvania Bar Association

What Lateral Partners Should Know Before Joining A Firm
by Gail Ruopp, Executive Director Flaster/Greenberg PC




Events & Attractions

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - You are cordially invited to join us for a “magical evening” celebrating our Chapter’s 40th Anniversary and honoring our firm Managing Partners, our Business Partners and Chapter Members from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Get the word out to our Members and Business Partners to join us!  Please register for this event by September 21st!   Event Registration:  40th Anniversary  

September 9, 2015 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM - General Membership Luncheon "Real Estate Trends in Philadelphia" Presented by: Anthony J. Colciaghi, Principal of Francis Cauffman and Glenn Blumenfeld, President of Tactix Real Estate Advisors.  Attendees will learn how fundamental changes in the legal industry since the Great Recession have impacted space utilization and what future trends may be. Real estate represents one of the largest line item expenses for law firms after salaries: Administrators and law firm managers will want to hear what firms are doing to reduce real estate costs and better adapt their space to the way firms practice today.  Location:  The Bellevue 200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.  Register Now.
September 16, 2015 - 8:30AM - 9:45AM -PEP TALK: Leading Lateral Partner Integration – TIPS from the Trenches Location Ballard Spahr, LLP 1735 Market Street, 51st floor, Philadelphia. Sponsored by: 1st & Fresh; Presented by: Cathyann Bixby, Director of Lateral Growth and Integration for Ballard Spahr, LLP & Melissa Margulies, Client Service Counsel for Ballard Spahr, LLP ~ please Register

September 28, 2015: Monday


Our chapter’s Annual Golf/Bowling/Wine Tasting Outing is Monday, September 28th at The Riverton Country Club.  Please register to attend our Chapter’s premier event!  If you can’t get out of the office that day, please join us for cocktails and dinner later in the evening!    Click here to register or for more information.


October 7, 2015: Wednesday 

IRS Reporting Requirements under the Affordable Care Act – What Firms NEED to KNOW!  Sponsored and Presented by: USI Affinity  The USI National Health & Welfare Compliance Team is pleased to invite you to attend an informative 60-minute session that will address new reporting requirements under Code sections 6055 and 6056 that will impact large employers beginning with calendar year 2015.  Register now!

October 29, 2015:  Thursday

INCREASE your influence, be MORE productive, and get stuff DONE! Presented by: Anita Marchesani, Ph.D., Executive Coach & Licensed Psychologist  
There are ways to arrange the day’s activities that naturally enhance influence and leadership. Learn 5 specific steps you can take every day to increase your efficiency in the workplace, while enhancing your ability to influence the people around you. High pressured environments provide specific challenges, but you can meet those challenges AND keep yourself balanced and calm in the process. These actionable steps are based on over two decades of experience working with professionals, taking the research of “what is supposed to work,” and fusing that information with realistic ways to apply these best practices. 
Register now!

November 19, 2015:  Wednesday

Save the Date!  How to Create a “Win Win” Work Environment, Presented by: Kerry Bayles, M.Ed.   Read More... 



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2015 ALA Chapter Leadership Institute "CLI" Conference Grand Rapids, Michigan ~ Spotlight:

 Five members of your board attended this year’s Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is a three day event. We all have stories to tell about the creative commuting to get to Grand Rapids since there are no direct flights from Philadelphia. Gail flew out of Newark and bumped into Kevin Costello, our Region 1 Representative, at the airport while waiting for the same flight. Marlys, Carmela, Jessica and Kim were not so bright eyed when they stumbled into the airport half asleep for a 6:30 am flight out of Philadelphia heading SOUTH to Charlotte and then NORTH to President Ford’s home town.

In addition to the educational sessions and great idea exchanges, one of the benefits of attending CLI is getting to know our board members on a more personal level. This forms a stronger sense of community within the board and aids us to better manage our chapter. Todd Henry, our keynote speaker on Friday morning, addressed fear. He helped many of us in learning to confront fear and how to cope with uncertainty. Many of us did that in just getting to Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Your board members divided and conquered. We attended as many sessions as possible. We networked with chapter leaders from Region 1 as well as chapter leaders with a similar size membership as Philadelphia. We participated in a session with our Region 1 Director, Karen Glowicki, and other Region 1 representatives who offered to assist us with strategic planning, education, and event planning initiatives. Karen and Kevin are looking forward to joining us on October 15th to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Some sessions confirmed that we are handling chapter objectives properly. It is comforting to obtain confirmation of the success of our efforts. Some sessions, however, opened our eyes as how to be better educators and communicate with our members, business partners and respective firms. We walked away with tools to aid us in increasing value for members and business partners.

The board members who attended CLI this year thank the chapter membership for their confidence as we implement what we learned in order for the Philadelphia Chapter to continue to be a vibrant, responsive association.


By:  Gail Ruopp, Executive Director Flaster/Greenberg

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