When the COVID-19 pandemic hit nearly three years ago, the Philadelphia Bar Association, like many other organizations, had to take a break and rotate in-person events to be all virtual. . In September, the association returns to the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the first time since 2019 for an all-in-person Bench-Bar and Annual Conference, a two-day event (September 16-17) which has always included a strong CLE program and opportunities for networking and socializing.
Although there is a virtual CLE component available, it was important to us to give our community an opportunity that is becoming rarer than it was before: being able to interact face-to-face, and perhaps the most important, learn collaboratively together in the same room. There is no doubt that virtual events are here to stay as they have many advantages including time saving and convenience. They are also often more cost effective to set up and ticket prices tend to be cheaper. But they are no substitute for the ability to take some physical and mental distance from our daily routines and focus on building relationships and gaining knowledge that enhances our practice.