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CAREER COUNSELOR'S CORNER 1.800.973.1177 Living and Practicing Law in Philadelphia [by Dan Binstock] The City of Brotherly Love is generally known for its historical significance. Less well known, however, is that Philadelphia offers a vibrant legal community and a quality of life that belies its status as one of the five largest cities in the country. Although Philadelphia has traditionally con- system in neighboring Delaware is, along with your fingertips. If you enjoy the outdoors, Fair jured up Benjamin Franklin-like images of the Southern District of New York, one of the mount Park is the world’s largest landscaped American history and landmarks (it is, after two most important sites of bankruptcy filings city park, with 8,700 acres of creeks, mead - all, the place where the United States was (especially the “pre-packaged” filings). In ows, trails, and 100 miles of jogging, biking, conceived, declared, and ratified), Philadel - light of the recent wave of corporate scandals, in-line skating, and hiking paths. Fairmount phia has emerged as the fifth-largest city corporate governance is likewise a growing Park also features the Philadelphia Zoo (the in the United States and the second-larg - practice. Aside from corporate law, other oldest in America), over 20 of America’s most est on the East Coast. This popularity is no current strong practice areas in Philadel - spectacular colonial mansions, hundreds of surprise, given that Philadelphia offers all phia are intellectual property, insurance and statues, a variety of lush gardens, a Japanese the advantages and resources of a vibrant, healthcare, labor and employment, antitrust, teahouse, as well as 105 tennis courts, 73 cosmopolitan city-a booming business district, real-estate, and municipal and bond work. baseball fields, six pools, six golf courses, monolithic skyscrapers and high-rise hotels, Litigators (in numerous different practice and several amphitheaters. Visitors can also world-class cultural attractions and enter - areas) are also in high demand, especially rent sailboats and canoes, or hear symphony tainment, the largest number of four-star given that Philadelphia is home to the Third concerts in the summer while smelling freshly rated restaurants in America, an Ivy-league Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District cut grass under a canopy of twilight stars. And university, national sports teams, the largest of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Philadelphia has numerous surrounding state landscaped city park in the world, and scores Court, and state appellate and trial courts. parks that offer refuge and opportunity to of hip stores, funky art galleries, and lively those who enjoy camping. night life, to name just a few. Fortunately, Although salaries in the Philadelphia legal Philadelphia has managed to preserve the market are generally not quite as high as If you’re looking for culture, arts, and en small-town charm, warmth, and down-to- those in neighboring New York City, there tertainment, you’re in the right place. For earth attitude that has helped it earn a reputa - are two important caveats: Philadelphia law starters, Avenue of the Arts is Philadelphia’s tion as the “City of Brotherly Love.” firms have a reputation for providing attorneys premier entertainment and arts district. with a better quality of life and lower bill Stretching 3.5 miles and adorned by beauti - From a legal perspective, Philadelphia has a able hours, and Philadelphia is an unusually ful street lamps and walkways, the Avenue very established legal community, and offers affordable place to live. For the price of an of the Arts is home to many of Philadelphia’s opportunities in just about every practice average one or two-bedroom apartment in cultural attractions, and houses dozens of area. Philadelphia has a very large corpo - New York City, one could purchase a posh and music, theatre, and dance venues; over half- rate practice, which is due in part to the fact roomy condominium or row-house in Phila - a-dozen museums and art galleries; several that Philadelphia is home to 20 Fortune 500 delphia, or a beautiful single-family home sporting venues; world-class hotels; over 40 companies, and more than 75 Fortune 1000 and yard within a hop, skip, and a jump of restaurants; swanky bars and chic clubs, and companies maintain a significant presence in downtown. According to the www.bestplaces. fine shopping. The centerpiece of the Avenue the region. Furthermore, there is somewhat of net website, one would need to make $190,000 of the Arts is the new Kimmel Center for the a lack of development of large law firms in the in New York City in order to afford the same Performing Arts. The Kimmel Center contains nearby corporate center of Wilmington, Dela - lifestyle that one could have making only several state-of-the-art concert halls and ware, which has fueled Philadelphia’s growth $100,000 in Philadelphia. theaters (set under a breathtaking 150-foot in this field. Along the same lines, many vaulted glass ceiling) and seats over 3,000 Philadelphia corporate practice groups have Once you’ve shut down your computer and people. The Kimmel Center is home to The added bankruptcy practices, which seems to left your office for the day (or, hopefully, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops®, be a natural step because the federal court weekend), your recreation of choice will be at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, PAGE 1 continued on back CAREER COUNSELOR'S CORNER 1.800.973.1177 PHILADANCO, American Theater Arts for anyone’s budget. Italian food deserves special Youth, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, mention. If you are looking for the best, go the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and The right to the source: South Philadelphia, which Pennsylvania Ballet. The Kimmel Center fea- is home to a large Italian community and the tures jazz, pop, world, classical, dance, family Italian Market, a large outdoor market that and theatrical performances from around the features a large number of Italian specialties world, including touring Broadway produc- and restaurants. Philadelphia is also world- tions. famous for its cheese steaks and hoagies. Pat’s King of Steaks served up the very first Philadelphia’s vast array of culture, arts, cheese steak, but Geno’s cheese steaks may and entertainment stretches far beyond the be the greasiest and the best. Avenue of the Arts. If you want to experience the birth of our nation (and learn a few things After hours, Philadelphia is hopping with a about the roots of our legal system), check dizzying array of dance clubs, urban-chic out Philadelphia’s Old City, which is known as lounges, jazz and blues clubs, brew pubs, America’s “most historic square mile.” This comedy clubs, and everything in-between. landmark is home to many of the country’s Whether you’re in the mood to dance until 2 most historic landmarks, including Indepen- AM, relax in a plush sofa while puffing on a dence Hall (where the U.S. Constitution and Davidoff cigar, sip a martini and watch beauti- Declaration of Independence were created), ful people, let loose at a rock concert, do an and the most famous bell in the world, The Irish jig, or simply enjoy a cup of cappuccino Liberty Bell. Enjoy museums? Take your pick: at the Philly waterfront while watching boats The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a stunning drift down the Delaware River, you’ll have your avenue modeled after the Champs d’Elysees pick. in Paris, features the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the steps of which were made famous in Philadelphia’s central location makes travel the “Rocky I” movie), the Rodin Museum, the to hot vacation destinations a short trip. A Museum of Natural History, and the Franklin stroll along the beaches of the Jersey shore, Institute of Science and Technology, to name the slots and world-class performers in the just a few. And as home to the Eagles, Flyers, casinos of Atlantic City, the horse-drawn bug- 76ers, and Phillies, and numerous college gies and shoefly pies of Pennsylvania Amish sports teams, this city always welcomes new Country, or an exquisite bed-and-breakfast in spectators and sports fans that are ready to charming and romantic New Hope, Pennsylva- scream and have a good time. nia are all an hour away. New York, Wash- ington DC, and the Pocono mountains (and Philadelphia is nationally recognized for its plenty of skiing) are just a two-hour drive out outstanding restaurants. During the restau- of Philadelphia. Moreover, Philadelphia Inter- rant renaissance of the mid-1970s, new and national Airport is just a short 15-minute drive exciting eateries offering first-class cuisine from the center of Philadelphia. Interestingly, began popping up throughout the city, and this however, those in Philadelphia are now, more continues today. Food critic John Mariani of than ever, often finding themselves playing Esquire magazine commented, “as someone host to out-of-towners that want to experience who eats out for a living in at least 25 U.S. the City of Brotherly Love. cities each year, I can attest that Philadel- phia has for a long time been one of the best dining-out towns in America.” Whether it’s seafood, French cuisine, Thai, Chinese, Japa- nese, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Indian, or Ethiopian, all types of food can be found within PAGE 2
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