News & Noteworthy

2015 Holiday Luncheon 

On December 4th , we kicked off the holiday season by hosting our annual holiday luncheon at Fogo de Chao.  It was so nice to see many of our Members and Business Partners enjoying the luncheon – laughs, smiles and good conversations were had by all.  Many even commented that they had to consider wearing sweatpants or something similar next year due to eating too much of the delectable delights!    

During the luncheon, the Members and Business Partners also generously contributed to the gift drive of The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.  In attendance from the RMH was Anthony Stover, Special Events Manager, who was genuinely overwhelmed by the outpouring of gifts, which we hope will give some comfort to the families staying at the RMH during the holiday season. 

The following is a portion of an email received from Anthony Stover of RMH:  “Santa’s helpers have been very busy here at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House because of donors like The Philadelphia Chapter of Legal Administrators and your generous donations of financial support, gift cards and toys to benefit the PRMH. The gift cards were just tallied and the total was $1950 of gifts cards plus $350 in cash and checks.   On behalf of the families staying here at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, thank you very much for your generous donations.”

Please click here to view photos of the day’s event 


On November 5th, Members and Business Partners alike put on their competitive caps and participated in the Annual Business Partner Appreciation Event – Game Night – at the beautiful Rittenhouse Hotel.  Whether you were seeing if your answer matched those of the “survey says,” while playing Family Feud or using your dexterity skills playing Minute to Win It a fun time was had by all.   The setting, the theme and the food all made for a great night of mingling with one another.  Great job by our Business Partner Team of Joanne Miraglia, Patricia Gallagher and Carmela Ginsberg.

Click here to check out some of the pictures from that night.

Thank you to all of our Managing Partners, Business Partners and Chapter Members who enjoyed a “magical evening” celebrating our Chapter’s 40th Anniversary on October 15th at The National Constitution Center!  Click here for photos from the event.    


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Events & Attractions

February 10, 2016: Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

General Membership Meeting "Succession Planning for Law Firm Partners: Firm Governance and Client Transition"
Joel A. Rose, Founder, Joel Rose & Associates, Inc., Management Consultants to Law Offices

Law firms of all sizes and shapes are facing a seismic shift on the horizon and the “Baby Boom” approaches retirement age. Joel Rose will describe the strategies that have been developed and implemented in the more financially and professionally successful law firms to deal with the succession of firm governance and the orderly transition of clients from senior partners to other members of the firm.

 Location: The Westin Hotel, One Liberty Place, 99 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Sponsored by:  Legal Internet Solutions Incorporated, a full-service Internet marketing company for law firms. LISI creates websites, blogs, branding, SEO, social media                                     campaigns, and strategic marketing initiatives. For more, visit  


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February 23, 2016: Tuesday, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Pep Talk (Peers Educating Peers) - "The New Normal in Legal Support Staffing: Changing Roles of Legal Assistants and Secretaries" 

Sponsored by:  Philadelphia Chapter of the ALA

Presenter/Keynote:  Christine McCarry, Practice Support Manager, Ballard Spahr LLP and David A. Silverman, Partner & Chief Administrator, Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP

Your ALA Colleagues will lead a workshop on the large and small firm changes in legal support staffing.  This is a great program for veterans who want to stay on top of trends – and members who may be new to thinking about this part of our work.  Learning points will include:

  • Then and now - how support jobs and responsibilities are changing
  • The skills firms need now – and in the future
  • Trends influencing these role changes
  • Staffing models, including ratios, titles, structures
  • Recruiting and selection – the challenges of finding great candidates
  • New ways to find, grow, and retain law firm talent for these new roles

Location: Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market Street, 51st Floor Philadelphia, Pa 19103

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March 24, 2016: Thursday, 12:00PM to 1:30 PM

Pep Talk (Peers Educating Peers) - "Win-Win Pricing - Building Revenue AND Relationships"  

Hosted by:   Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, One Logan Square, Ste. 2000, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6996 

Sponsored by:  Philadelphia Chapter of the ALA

Presenter/Keynote:  Peter Lane Secor is the Director of Strategic Pricing and Project management with Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Secor concentrates on legal project management, with focuses of improving efficiencies through shared management responsibilities, strengthening communication and making value transparent. Joseph Samarco, MBA, serves as Director of Revenue Accounting Operations for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.  Joe works with the Drinker’s executive management team and Managing Attorneys on pricing strategies, forecasting, and revenue recognition, among others.

Firms and their clients are continuously looking to create fee arrangements that benefit both organizations. Clients look for value scenarios, and firms look to foster long term relationships that generate revenues to provide earnings. In this session we will explore concepts and methods that produce win/win engagements. Win/win does not end with the fee arrangement; it is not a “set it and forget it” situation. Tremendous effort is needed by both parties to create true shared management responsibility that produces successful results. 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (1.5 PA CLE pending)

HR Section Meeting: When the Impaired Lawyer or Staff Members Comes to Work

Location:  Duane Morris Institute  30 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sponsored by: Duane Morris Institute

Presented by: Jonathan Segal, Esq., Managing Principal of Duane Morris Institute

Addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries.  Attorneys have a higher addiction rate than other people, and studies show that at least 10% of attorneys have some substance abuse problems. While addiction may know no boundaries, impaired attorneys create special challenges. In addition, substance abuse is one of the top causes of malpractice. Yet, confronting professionals is not risk free either. Join this session to discuss how to respond if someone at your firm has a drug or alcohol problem. Learn the warning signals, and how to avoid the confidentiality, privacy and other legal considerations implicated by interventions that go beyond the American Disabilities Act.                    

About the Presenter(s):   Jonathan Segal, Esq., is partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. He is a frequent commentator on employment issues on national and local television and radio including: CNN, PBS, CBS, KYW (television and radio), FOX News and WPHL (WB). Segal also hosted a television special on sexual harassment, The Sexual Harassment Quiz. The special, which was based on a supervisory training exercise he developed, has been broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations throughout the country.

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Questions about how to make the most of your sponsorship?  Our Chapter's Executive Director/Business Partner liaison is Brooks Ryan, DTI, National Director, Managed Services,  Contact Brooks with your feedback, questions or concerns.

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Registration is now open for ALA's 2016 Annual Conference & Expo being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 22-25, 2016.  The Annual Conference features education, networking, solutions and resources from more than 200 business partners in the Exhibit Hall, the ability to connect with
speakers after their sessions, and more.  Hotel and travel arrangements are recommended to be made early.  Click here to register for this great event:

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