DBA Digest for November 5 , 2021
The Party's Not Over!
Attend All the Sessions of the 2021 Delaware Trust Conference On-Demand! 18 CLE Credits Available!
Tom Forrest, Mark Oller, Isabel Pryor, and Gregg Homan enjoy the reception at the 2021 Delaware Trust Conference. The reception is over, but you can still experience
the rest of this year's fabulous line-up of sessions!
All sessions of the 2021 Delaware Trust Conference are available for on-demand viewing on the conference app through November 30th! Attendees can earn up to 18.0 CLE Credits, Including 2.0 Ethics Credits! All the sessions feature the stellar line-up of the nation’s top trust, legal, and wealth management experts for which the Delaware Trust Conference is known. Registrations are still being accepted! The All-Access Pass is only $995 for DBA Members!

Merger Between Shore United Bank and Severn Bank Receives Approval
Shore Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Shore United Bank, and Severn Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB, announced that the merger of Severn Bank into Shore United Bank was consummated. Prior to the consummation of the merger, Shore United Bank completed its conversion to a national banking association, Shore United Bank, N.A.
Pursuant to the merger, the seven Severn Bank branches in Anne Arundel County will continue to largely operate under the Severn Bank name until February 22, 2022. 
“Over the next few months, we will be working together to ensure a smooth transition for the Severn Bank customers who will benefit by having access to 22 additional locations in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, while also receiving community banking services on a larger scale,” says Donna Stevens, Chief Operating Officer of Shore Bancshares, Inc. 
Lloyd L. "Scott" Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Bancshares, Inc., commented, "The addition of Severn to our organization is very exciting. We will now have a Anne Arundel County as part of our community, expanding our footprint west of the Chesapeake Bay.”
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Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum - November 7-9
The Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum, an Event for Bank CEOs and Senior Leadership, will bring together bankers and industry partners for sessions with nationally recognized speakers providing relevant and timely content geared specifically to bank CEOs and other senior leaders. The Forum will be held November 7th through 9th at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Follow the link below for full agenda and registration information.
Business Writing & Grammar Courses -
Virtual Live: January 12, 2022, and January 26, 2022
The Delaware Bankers Association/Delaware Financial Education Alliance is offering two virtual courses on Business Writing and Grammar. Both courses are being facilitated by Linda Comerford with Comerford Consulting. Attendees will be able to refine and enhance their professional writing abilities through this training program.

Business Writing Workshop -
January 12, 2022 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Taking the “Grr” Out of Grammar -
January 26, 2022 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Click on the link below for full details on these two courses!
DBA partners with the Federal Reserve on the 2021 Small Business Credit Survey for Delaware small businesses with less than 500 employees
Completing the survey increases policymakers’ understanding of small business conditions at both the national and state levels. It is important for policymakers to understand what small business conditions are like in Delaware to make decisions and legislation related to the small business sector.

The survey closes on November 19, 2021. Take the 10-minute survey at the link below.
Jenifer Jurden is a Cartoonist from Wilmington who has graciously provided her Planet Jurdy cartoons for the DBA Digest. Jurdy® is her other-worldly "Hero of Happyness" whose cartoons bring levity to humans worldwide.
Richards, Layton & Finger Honored by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Richards, Layton & Finger has been named a 2021 Top Performer and a Compass Award winner by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). One of the nation’s leading organizations promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the LCLD consists of more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are dedicated to enhancing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Richards Layton was one of only 60 LCLD member organizations to earn both the Top Performer and Compass Award designations. The firm was named a Top Performer for being one of the most active members, demonstrating the highest level of engagement with LCLD.
Morris Nichols Promotes Three Talented Women Attorneys
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Megan Dellinger and Lauren Neal have been invited to become partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2022, and Tammy Mann will be promoted to special counsel.

“We are thrilled to promote Megan, Lauren, and Tammy. They are exceptionally talented attorneys with a deep commitment to client service,” said Bill Lafferty, chair of the firm’s executive committee. “All three women started their careers at Morris Nichols, and I’m honored to congratulate them on this milestone.”
Ballard Spahr Webinar: Advanced Issues in Deposit Litigation - November 10
Continuing their conversation from last year, join Ballard Spahr Consumer Financial Services attorneys as they discuss advanced issues in the deposit litigation space. Their discussion will include: Personal jurisdiction in deposit litigation cases; Inter-bank warranties under the UCC, particularly, tendering a claim that is covered by a warranty, accepting or rejecting the tender, what to do if a tender is rejected, and the consequences for a failure to accept a rightful tender; overdraft practices challenged in current litigation, including approving positive settle negative cases (APSN) and ACH retry cases; and, the tension between UCC 3-405 and 3-103(a)(9). The webinar will be Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET.
Wilmington University Partners with Grow with Google!
Wilmington University partners with Grow with Google, a free webinar series that provides virtual workshops to help you get the most out of digital tools. The first session launches next Tuesday, November 9 on 'Make Your Website Work for You.' Other upcoming webinars include; Reach Your Customers with Google, Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics, and Learn the Basics of Google Ads.
Denny Nealon, CEO, Barclays US Consumer Bank; Dr. Tony Allen, President, Delaware State University; Richard Haworth, CEO Americas, Barclays. 
Photo Credit: Tony Hoffer
Barclays recently announced a $1 million donation to Delaware State University, a top-10 HBCU, to advance its recently established Global Institute for Equity, Inclusion and Civil Rights.  Delaware State University will be supported by Barclays and will address pressing global challenges through the University's existing entities.
Sign Up Now! Two On-Line Courses:
Fundamentals of Commercial Banking; and,
Analyzing Repayment Sources!
The Delaware Bankers Association & Delaware Financial Education Alliance has partnered with Andy Keusal with Keusal Learning LLC to offer two new online Breaking into Banking videos:

  • Breaking into Banking 101: Fundamentals of Commercial Banking - ten learning modules, over 5 hours in total content

  • Breaking into Banking 201: Analyzing Repayment Sources - nine modules covers topics including how to analyze income statements, balance sheets, collateral, and risk rating.

Each module includes a video lesson and a multiple-choice self-check. Many of the lessons include exercises/case studies for learners to work through that are related to a sample company outlined in the course’s Reference Guide.

Get the full details, including an introductory video at the link below.
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