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THURSDAY, JUNE 18
 
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MORNING - ATHLETIC EVENTS

7:45 a.m.

DONALD W. BEBENEK BENCH-BAR GOLF TOURNAMENT

Seven Springs Golf Course

Sponsored by HBK

10:00 a.m.

SPORTING CLAYS AND 5-STAND EVENT

Seven Springs Sporting Clays Course

11:00 a.m.

BIKING

Adventure Center

Led by Dennis Kusturiss, Esq.

It is suggested that you bring your own bike.

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11:00 a.m.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DESK OPENS

Main Lobby

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AFTERNOON – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Dress for the day is resort casual.

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2:00 p.m.

WOMEN IN THE LAW DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Women in the Law Division

“The Best Offense is a Good Defense”
Workplace Violence:

Understanding Potential Liability and Risk Minimization

 

Workplace safety: a term so broad, one could almost be forgiven if the thought of developing internal policies dealing with the topic caused paralysis. Almost. Safety is simply too important to ignore. Whether it is implementing best practices at your firm or suggesting strategies to a client, increasing security while reducing liability should be a priority.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) requires businesses to “. . . provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards.” Interpersonal violence can happen to anyone, and it can happen on the job. The program will discuss, among other things:

 

• Active shooter and domestic violence statistics in the workplace;

• Court orders of protection and their limitations pertaining to non-intimate relationships;

• Potential liability arising out of OSHA violations, employment discrimination and harassment, guns-in-parking lot laws, and breach of commercial leases; and

• Best practices related to workplace violence e.g., policies, warning signs, and security risk assessment and procedures.

Speakers:

Jennifer Sun Park, Esquire, Shareholder, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby

Margaret Prescott, Esquire, Senior Staff Attorney, Women’s Center & Shelter

Olga Salvatori, Esquire, Law Offices of Olga M. Salvatori

Moderator:

Hon. Elliot Howsie, Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

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2:00 p.m.

BANKRUPTCY AND COMMERCIAL LAW SECTION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section

“A Woman’s Place in the Legal Profession”

 

Exploring the pressures, internal and external, affecting the retention of women in the legal profession, this program is comprised of a presentation reviewing the findings of a recent American Bar Association-sponsored study on this issue followed by a panel discussion on the ways the findings of this study have manifested in the local legal community and what initiatives can be and have been taken to improve professional longevity for female practitioners. This program aspires to challenge attendees to think critically about these issues and to consider how they can contribute to the cultivation of a legal profession that seeks to retain all of its talent – male and female alike.

Speakers:

Hon. Carlota Böhm, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Hon. Patricia Dodge, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Alexis Leventhal, Esquire, Associate, Reed Smith LLP

Leanne Meyer, Executive Director, Accelerate Leadership Center, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Stauffer, Esquire, Senior Managing Counsel, PNC Park

Helen Ward, Shareholder, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby

Moderator:

Kelly Neal, Esquire, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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2:00 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING: TECHNOLOGY

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Are You Lawyering or Laboring?

7 Steps to Reduce Interruptions & Chores for a Highly Productive Law Firm”

 

Many small-firm and solo attorneys are spread thin, yet hesitate to filter out distractions and hand off time-consuming tasks. Whether you're missing calls and leads, struggling to follow-up with existing clients and capture late payments, or just looking to run a more efficient and profitable law firm, the right communication systems can help you get more done. Cut out bad habits, reduce interruptions, and automate workflows to yield more qualified leads, happier clients, and better work/life balance. You'll learn techniques for incorporating tools that promote professionalism and productivity into your operations with minimal investment of time, energy, and money.

Speaker:

Maddy Martin, Head of Growth & Education, Smith.ai

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3:15 p.m.

HOMER S. BROWN DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Homer S. Brown Division

“Can They Really Do That? An In-Depth Look Into Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers”

 

This CLE will analyze presidential powers and acts of congress under the Trump Administration to determine whether the president and/or congress actually had the ability under the United States Constitution to carry out their actions or whether it was an abuse of power.

Speakers:

Gerald Dickinson, Esquire, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Esquire, Associate Professor, Duquesne University School of Law

Moderator:

Ron Jones, Esquire, Member, Jackson Kelly PLLC

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3:15 p.m.

SUPREME COURT UPDATE

1 Substantive credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Supreme Court: What to Expect From the 2019 Term”

 

The Supreme Court is at a big moment in its history, with a new lineup of Justices in their first full term together. The Court has accepted several cases that are predicted to have big impacts in hot button areas. We plan to cover the up-to-date highlights from the 2019 Term and make predictions about what to expect in the future.

Speakers:

Amy Wildermuth, Esquire, Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Ben Minegar, Esquire, Associate, Jones Day

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4:30 p.m.

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Young Lawyers Division

“Optimizing Your Presence on the Social Media Frontier: Making Sure Your Marketing is LinkedIn and #Trending”

 

Do you just use social media to “like” and “share” cute animal videos and memes? Does this program have you wondering “what even is LinkedIn?” Or “how could I use social media in a professional yet productive manner?” “Is this ethical?” Then this program is for you!

 

The Internet is more than a collaboration of trolls. It’s also the next huge platform in the digital age for your law firm’s outreach to prospective clients (and of course, those trolls). Our expert panelists will describe the ins and outs of effective social media outreach and marketing. We will cover various tips and tricks for navigating the many social media platforms out there, as well as giving advice on effectively and ethically using these tools. Find out what it takes to boost your social media persona from a follower into an influencer and what that means for your law practice.

 

Do it for the ‘gram – follow, like, and repost us! Turn your social media into a professional media and learn how to boost your firm’s presence on the social media frontier.

Speakers:

Ben Gobel, Esquire, Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky

Valerie Levanduski, Valkyrie Marketing, LLC

Shaheen Wallace, Esquire, Law Office of Shaheen Wallace

Moderator:

Maria Coladonato, Esquire, Associate, Mills & Henry

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4:30 p.m.

LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Sunburst

Presented by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

“No One Makes It Out Unscathed:

The Effects of Personal Trauma and Stress On Our Lives”

 

Attorneys and judges hopefully recognize that like many other professionals, their lives are filled to the brim with stress. It’s important to be proactive in dealing with it. The consequences of shrugging it off can be catastrophic – not only for them but for their family, staff and friends.

 

And then there’s trauma. The ramifications of trauma aren’t discussed as frequently as those of stress and thus, for many attorneys, trauma is a topic in need of attention. Trauma can be secondary or vicarious. For example, it can be the cumulative effect of listening to a client or witness relay graphic stories and experiences, viewing gruesome photos in a criminal or family law matter, hearing traumatic testimony at trial. Trauma also results from a personal loss such as the death of a family member or a close friend. It’s important to recognize the signs of trauma in yourself as well as in your office staff, family and clients.

 

Hear from our experienced speaker as he shares his personal story of trauma related to the untimely death of his mentor, and learn how you can recognize the unhealthy and potentially life threatening shadow it can cast.

Speaker:

Brian Quinn, Esquire, Education and Outreach Coordinator, LCL-PA, Inc.

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4:30 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING: BUSINESS OF A SOLE/SMALL FIRM

1 Substantive credit
Wintergreen

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“How to Orchestrate a Great Balancing Act:

Maintaining a Professional Law Practice While Running a Successful Business”

 

Building a law firm takes more than just an idea and some work. It takes vision, passion and the recognition that law is not just a practice, it’s a business. But it’s also different than a regular business because lawyers have fiduciary and ethical obligations. Get tips and advice that you can implement in your own practice, for running a solo or small firm and go from just being a lawyer to building the business that you want to have.

Speakers:

Amy Coco, Esquire, Weinheimer, Haber & Coco, P.C.

Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esquire, Henry-Taylor Law, PC

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EVENING – SOCIAL EVENTS

Dress for the evening is resort casual. Non-CLE events.

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5:30 p.m.

WINE TASTING

Timbers Restaurant

Sponsored by Kapusta Deihl & Schweers, LLC

5:30 p.m.

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES RECEPTION

ACBA YLD Hospitality Suite 314

5:30 p.m.

WOMEN IN THE LAW DIVISION SOCIAL GATHERING

Seasons 5

Sponsored by Edwards & Assoc.

Join the Women in the Law Division for an informal social gathering.

6:00 p.m.

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION MEETING/PASSING OF THE GAVEL

ACBA YLD Hospitality Suite 314

Sponsored by MML Investors Services

The Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA is holding its 19th Bench-Bar Conference Division meeting. Amanda Thomas will be formally introduced as the new chair of the YLD, succeeding Andrew Rothey. Join your young lawyer colleagues for open bar refreshments, networking and information about the Division. If you ever wanted to get involved with the Division but did not know how, attend this meeting to get information on the opportunities from current Council members and officers. Members of the 2020-2021 Bar Leadership Initiative Class will be announced at the meeting.

7:00 p.m.

RECEPTION & BARBECUE

Reception – Timberstone & Walkway by Ski Lodge

Country Barbecue – Outside Ski Lodge

Immediately following Barbecue

DJ SELECTA
Matterhorn

9:30 p.m.

BUZZ WORTHY PUB TRIVIA

Alpine room (adjacent to Matterhorn)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Dress for the day is resort casual.
 
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MORNING - ATHLETIC EVENTS

7:00 a.m.

YOGA

Fox Den

Yoga Instructor: Lisa Standish, Esq., The Law Offices of Lisa Standish

All experience levels welcome!

Please be sure to bring your own towel or yoga mat.

7:00 a.m.

RUNNING

Lodge Hotel Lobby

ACBA Past-President Hal Coffey, Esq. to lead the run.

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8:00 a.m.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DESK OPENS

Stag Pass

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MORNING – BREAKFAST PROGRAM AND FEATURED PRESENTATION

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

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8:30 a.m.

WAKE UP WITH THE JUDGES PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Grand Ballroom

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

Sponsored by David J. Shrager, Attorney at Law

“Civility in the Court; Coffee, Croissants, and Civility; Can We All Just Be Civil?”

The PA Supreme Court adopted a Code of Civility in 2000. This Code enunciated the principles of civil and courteous behavior which lawyers and judges are encouraged to follow in all litigation and legal proceedings. Currently under review is a proposed Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) which would presumably make civility in all Pennsylvania courts mandatory and not merely aspirational.

 

Have you ever encountered a lawyer behaving adverse to the Code? Have you ever witnessed a client or attorney being treated in an uncivil manner by a judge or another attorney? This program will explore civility in the courtroom in light of the existing Code of Civility and the proposed change. Using a progressive integrated format, participants will engage in small group discussions with members of the judiciary.

Speakers:

Hon. Lisa Lenihan, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Hon. Michael Wojcik, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Moderator:

Susan Abramowich, Esquire, Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services

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9:45 a.m.

FEATURE PRESENTATION

1.5 Substantive credit

Grand Ballroom

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Should College Athletes Be Paid For Their ‘Name, Image and Likeness?’”

In late 2019 the NCAA, under intense pressure from recent court rulings and government action, announced an historic change to allow college athletes to earn money from their “name, image and likeness,” although with certain limitations to be announced this year. This program will offer a “point - counterpoint” on how narrow or broad those limitations should be when it comes to college athletes earning money on things such as endorsements, jerseys, autographs, sports memorabilia, video games and the like. The debate raises interesting legal issues about free speech and restraints of trade, as well as provocative social issues about how colleges can honor their educational mission while earning millions from their sport. The program will feature legendary sports entrepreneur Sonny Vaccaro, and Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. Former ACBA President John P. Gismondi, Esq. will serve as moderator.

Sonny Vaccaro, who is considered one of basketball’s most well-connected insiders, remains a formidable force in contemporary sports marketing and grassroots basketball. His visionary promotional innovations (beginning with the signing of Michael Jordan to his first major endorsement package) revolutionized the sports marketing genre with shoe endorsements, team affiliations and other ground-breaking promotional partnerships which have helped propel the fortunes of countless athletes, collegiate programs and professional teams. In a career spanning 30-plus years in the shoe industry, he brought his marketing and player development alchemy to Basketball programs at the world’s three largest companies in athletic shoes and apparel. Sonny Vaccaro rose from Pennsylvania steel town roots to become one of the most powerful and influential men in the athletic shoe industry and in basketball.

Heather Lyke leads a University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department that encompasses 19 intercollegiate sports programs with nearly 470 student-athletes who compete in the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference. The department also oversees the Pitt Band and the University’s Cheer and Dance Teams. Since her arrival in March 2017, Lyke has dramatically reenergized Pitt Athletics, recruiting eight new head coaches and directing a dynamic rebrand of the University’s athletic marks and logos. She unveiled Pitt Studios, the department’s state-of-the-art broadcast production facilities that has helped to launch the ACC Network in August 2019 and will support the University’s first-ever broadcast and media studies curriculum.

Speakers:

Sonny Vaccaro, Legendary Sports Entrepreneur

Heather Lyke, Esquire, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator:

John P. Gismondi, Esquire, The Law Offices of Gismondi & Associates

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11:30 a.m.

 JUDGES ONLY – IMPLICIT BIAS 

1.5 Ethics CJE credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Overcoming Unconscious Bias –

What Judges Need to Know”

During this closed-door judges-only presentation, Judge Mark Bennett will review important principles about unconscious bias and its potential effect on various aspects of the civil and criminal justice process. Judge Bennett will also discuss state-of-the-art de-biasing techniques and have a breakout-session for the judges to brainstorm about reducing unconscious bias in their courts.

 

Judge Mark W. Bennett, a founding member of the National Implicit Bias Network, will explain the cognitive psychological principles underlying implicit biases, including the role of stereotyping, in-group bias and priming. He will explain numerous cognitive psychological studies that bear on implicit bias generally and specifically implicit biases of judges. He will discuss several of his empirical studies including the first to study racial and religious implicit biases in both federal and state trial judges. Judge Bennett will also discuss the emerging neuroscience of implicit bias. Finally, Judge Bennett will discuss the numerous techniques he has developed, under the watchful eyes of leading implicit bias scholars, to reduce the effects of implicit bias in both the courthouse and courtroom.

Speaker:

Hon. Mark W. Bennett, Director, Drake University Law School Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation

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11:30 a.m.

CONSTRUCTION LAW SECTION

1 Substantive credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Construction Law Section

“Navigating the Construction Case From Start to Finish”

The lessons learned from construction cases can help any practitioner. Construction cases cover the entire range of litigation issues, from contract interpretation, identifying defects, quantifying damages, trial in differing venues, use of experts, and enforcing judgments. The spectrum of legal and practical issues that occur in a construction case is very broad, and this program will appeal to those who would like a “101” education on the technical aspects, but also an advanced understanding of the nuances. This moderated panel is composed of experienced practitioners who will cover the entire lifecycle of a construction case. The program will be practical, entertaining, and engaging. The attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of a construction case, and will understand the materials through practical, real-world examples.

Speakers:

Chad Michaelson, Esquire, Partner, Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP

Sunu Pillai, Esquire, Associate, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Lori Wisniewski Azzara, Esquire, Partner, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Chad Wissinger, Esquire, Shareholder, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby

Moderator:

Julian Neiser, Esquire, Member, Co-Chair, Construction Group, Spilman Thomas & Battle

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11:30 a.m.

SKILLS TRAINING: TRIAL TECHNIQUE, JURY SELECTION, MOTIONS, CLIENT RELATIONS

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Arts and the Law Committee

“Reel to Real”

Although entertainment industry has a tendency to portray lawyers and the legal profession in a very dramatic light, wonderful lessons for practicing lawyers nonetheless abound in some of the most beloved “lawyer” movies, TV shows, and comic books of all time. Please join members of the Arts and the Law Committee as we discuss some practical lessons and finding your voice in trial technique, jury selection, motions practice, and client relations.

Speakers:

Hon. Philip Ignelzi, Civil Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

D. McArdle Booker, Esquire, Associate, DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli

Jonathan Clunies, Esquire, General Counsel, Niche Music Group, LLC

Leslie Dutchcot, Esquire, Fiduciary Advisor, PNC Wealth Management

Joseph Froetschel, Esquire, Associate, Gismondi & Associates

Richard Ernsberger, Esquire, Behrend & Ernsberger, P.C.

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1:00 p.m.

LUNCHEON

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Plummer Slade

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WELCOME

Tony Thompson, Esquire

Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP
Chair, Bench-Bar Conference Committee

ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PASSING THE GAVEL

Lori McMaster, Esquire

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

ACBA President

REMARKS BY INCOMING ACBA PRESIDENT

Elizabeth Hughes, Esquire

UPMC

ACBA President-Elect

REMARKS BY ACBF PRESIDENT

Jennifer Andrade, Esquire

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ACBF President

REMARKS

David Blaner

Allegheny County Bar Association

Executive Director

PRESENTATION OF THE AMRAM AWARD

Award presented by Hon. Kim D. Eaton

THE AMRAM AWARD HONORS IDEALS AND LEGACY OF PHILIP WERNER AMRAM

The Amram Award is a truly unique award, and it is given in the spirit of the Bench-Bar Conference. The Bench-Bar Conference is dedicated to professional development and to enhancing and improving our bar association and the justice system in our community.  Similarly, the Amram Award recognizes individuals who personify professional excellence and who have demonstrated substantial commitment to the ideals of the Allegheny County Bar Association as well as to the betterment of the greater community.

 

Be sure to attend the Friday luncheon to see who will receive the award this year.

PREVIOUS AMRAM AWARD WINNERS

Dennis C. Harrington  |  1990

Hon. Joseph A. Weis, Jr.  |  1991

Michael Louik  |   1992

Seymour A. Sikov  |  1993

Hon. I Martin Wekselman  |  1994

Donald W. Bebenek  |  1995

June S. Schulberg  |  1996

Hon. Robert E. Dauer  |  1997

Lester E. Zittrain  |  1998

Hon. Lawrence W. Kaplan  |  1999

John L. Doherty  |  2000

G. Daniel Carney  |  2001 

Hon. Jeffrey A. Manning  |  2002

Ruth A. Zittrain  |  2003

Donald P. Minahan  |  2004

Carol S. Mills McCarthy  |  2005

John M. Feeney  |  2006

Hon. Livingstone M. Johnson  |  2007

Robert Raphael  |   2008

William A. Goyette  |  2009

Hon. Debra Todd  |  2010

Shelly R. Pagac  |  2011

Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark  |  2012

Craig E. Simpson  |  2013

Mary Sue Ramsden  |  2014

Vincent J. Grogan  |  2015

John F. Becker  |  2016

Hon. Kim D. Eaton  |  2017

Barry M. Simpson  |  2018

Hon. Eugene B. Strassburger III  |  2019

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AFTERNOON – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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2:30 p.m.

CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION/CIVIL DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Civil Litigation Section

“The Next Wave: Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure Updates for 2020”

Join the Civil Litigation Section for the annual sound-off and state of the civil divisions of the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.  Designed to enhance your litigation practice, the panelists will address ongoing trends in litigation, upcoming changes to the Local Rules, and new practices and procedures from the Bench. Through interactive dialogue, Attendees and panelists will discuss the impact that the changes will have on civil litigators, best practices when appearing before the Bench, and tips to ensure compliance with this new wave.

 

The Civil Litigation Section will also hold its Annual Meeting to elect committee members and officers, thank Scott Redman for his service as Chair, and welcome incoming Chair, Tony Thompson.

Speakers:

Hon. Alan Hertzberg, Calendar Control Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Hon. Mark Hornak, Chief District Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Hon. Philip Ignelzi, Discovery Motions Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Hon. Christine Ward, Administrative Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Dianne Wainwright, Deputy Court Administrator, Civil Division

Moderator:

Joanna Rodriguez, Esquire, Associate, Jackson Lewis

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2:30 p.m.

PROBATE & TRUST LAW SECTION/ORPHANS’ COURT DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Snowflake

Presented by the Probate & Trust Law Section

 

“Updates in Probate”

The Probate & Trust Law Section’s program will discuss and review an array of current issues including the broader topics of updates from the Orphans’ Court and Bench, recent developments in Estate Law cases, and updates on the SECURE Act and its impact on estate planning as well as other tax updates.

Speakers:

Debbie Brown, Supervisor, Orphans’ Court Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Brittany Holzer, Esquire, Associate, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Hon. Lawrence O’Toole, Administrative Judge, Orphans’ Court Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Moderator:

Raymond Vogliano, Esquire, Member, Eckert Seamans

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2:30 p.m.

FAMILY LAW SECTION/FAMILY DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Family Law Section

“Development of Supportable and Reasonable Budgets”

This program will provide an in-depth look into all aspects of budgets for family law cases. This program will examine how to create an effective budget. It will then review effective ways to question the credibility of a budget. Judges and Masters will also offer insights into what impacts their decisions when a party presents a budget. The program will also incorporate considerations of how implicit bias may impact how a budget is received and ways to overcome that bias.

Speakers:

Christine Gale, Esquire, Shareholder, Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C.

Hon. Daniel Regan, Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Melaine Shannon Rothey, Esquire, Master, Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Beth Mascetta, CPA, CVA, HBK Valuation Group LLC

Moderator:

Aleksandra Kocelko, Esquire, Associate, Burns White

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2:30 p.m.

TITLE IX PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Committee

“The Continued Evolution of Title IX:

What You Need to Know”

United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos proposed new Title IX regulations that would substantially change the requirements for the handling of sexual misconduct claims in all institutions that provide educational programs or activities and accept federal funds. Regardless of the specific provisions of the new regulations, several things are certain. Institutional policies, processes and practices surrounding sexual misconduct will remain under a microscope. Litigation will increase and evolve.

 

In this session, lawyers representing higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and teaching hospitals, as well as those representing individuals, will learn from those in the field about the key proposed regulatory changes, balancing the important legal obligations and rights in Title IX cases, the interplay between Title VII and Title IX, the differences between K-12 and Higher Education, and other practical tips.

Speakers:

Pamela Wilkins Connelly, Esquire, Shareholder, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Jennifer Fink, Esquire, Senior Legal Counsel & Director of Risk Management, Duquesne University

Stephen Gilson, Esquire, Associate General Counsel, University of Pittsburgh

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AFTERNOON - ATHLETIC EVENT

3:45 p.m.

BOWLING

Sponsored by Bennington Law Firm, LLC

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AFTERNOON – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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3:45 p.m.

CRIMINAL LITIGATION SECTION/CRIMINAL DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Snowflake

Presented by the Criminal Litigation Section

“Update on the Allegheny County Safety and Justice Challenge Project

 

This session will present the progress being made on the Allegheny County Safety and Justice Challenge grant, which aims to safely reduce the Allegheny County Jail population by enhancing fairness and efficiency within the criminal justice system. Attendees will hear about the collaborative efforts of the project, particularly work to reduce time to disposition by combining the formal arraignment and pretrial conference.

Speakers:

Janice Dean, Director, Allegheny County Pretrial Services, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Matt Dugan, Esquire, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office

Carol Eddings, Department Manager, Criminal Division, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Molly Morrill, Director, Allegheny County Safety and Justice Challenge Project, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Spangler, Esquire, First Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Staff, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

Angharad Stock, Esquire, Deputy Administrator – Special Courts, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

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3:45 p.m.

FEDERAL COURT SECTION/FEDERAL COURT PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Federal Court Section

“A Former Employee Hacked Your Client’s Network and Stole Confidential Information – Should You Call the FBI?”

Employees who believe they may soon be fired can create “back doors” to permit continued access to the company’s network after termination. Or they might rely on the assistance of a current employee to gain access.  What if they steal confidential information or PHI or PII? Or maliciously delete information and/or damage the company’s computer system?

 

These nightmare scenarios may confront your client. This program will focus on the efficacy of civil remedies under the Defend Trade Secrets Act and other statutes. The panelists will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of referring the matter to the FBI, and what will happen once the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office open an investigation.

Speakers:

Brett Creasy, President & Director of Digital Forensics, bit-x-bit

Stephen Kaufman, Esquire, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania

Michael McKeown, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jaime Tuite, Esquire, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.

Moderator:

W. Scott Hardy, Esquire, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

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3:45 p.m.

APPELLATE PRACTICE COMMITTEE PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Seasons, 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Appellate Practice Committee

“Another Bite At the Apple (?) – The En Banc Process”

The appellant who has lost before a panel of the Superior or Commonwealth Court and seeks further consideration of his or her legal argument is faced with several options. In addition to proceeding immediately to an allocatur petition in the Supreme Court, the unsuccessful appellant can first petition the Superior or Commonwealth Court for reconsideration or reargument before the court en banc.

 

Join a panel of appellate jurists and practitioners for an informative discussion on the relative strategic advantages of en banc and allocatur proceedings the difference between reconsideration and reargument, the proper content of an en banc petition, pitfalls to avoid and applicable filing deadlines. As an added bonus, the jurists on the panel will provide insight into considerations governing the granting of en banc petitions, the voting process on such petitions and their relative chances of success.

Speakers:

Hon. Mary Jane Bowes, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Christopher Parker, Esquire

Hon. Patricia McCullough, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Victor Stabile, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Corrie Woods, Esquire, Woods Law Offices PLLC

Moderator:

Templeton Smith, Esquire, Chair, ACBA Appellate Practice Committee

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3:45 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING: PRO BONO

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation for Survivors of Domestic Violence”

The POWER Act, passed by Congress in 2019, requires the chief judge for each judicial district to conduct public events to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as a public event aimed specifically at survivors belonging to trial organizations, if any live within their jurisdiction. A chief justice must, in conducting public events, seek to maximize the local impact and the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services to survivors. This program will bring awareness to domestic violence situations in our community and provide opportunities for members of the bar to provide pro bono legal services to survivors.

Speakers:

Susan Abramowich, Esquire, Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services

Hon. Maria McLaughlin, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Margaret Prescott, Esquire, Senior Staff Attorney, Women’s Center & Shelter

Hon. David Spurgeon, Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Moderator:

Hon. Cynthia Reed Eddy, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

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EVENING – SOCIAL EVENTS

Dress for the evening is resort casual. Non-CLE events.

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6:15 p.m.

RECEPTION

Pool Patio

In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be held in the Matterhorn.

7:15 p.m.

DINNER

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by AmeriServ Trust and Financial Services Company

8:30 p.m.

MONTE CARLO LOUNGE

Winterberry

8:30 p.m.

AFTER PARTY

FEATURING DJ SELECTA

Winterberry

10:30 p.m.

KARAOKE PARTY

FEATURING DJ KHRIS

Winterberry

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SATURDAY, JUNE 20
 
BREAKFAST, CLOSING REMARKS, DOOR PRIZE DRAWING, AND ADJOURNMENT
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8:30 a.m.

COUNTRY BREAKFAST BUFFET

Grand Ballroom

10:00 a.m.

CLOSING REMARKS

Tony Thompson, Esquire

Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP

Chair, Bench-Bar Conference Committee

10:00 a.m.

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING

ADJOURNMENT

 

For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Stay Tuned. Registration opens April 1.

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