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THURSDAY, JUNE 13
 
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MORNING - ATHLETIC EVENTS

7:45 a.m.

DONALD W. BEBENEK BENCH-BAR GOLF TOURNAMENT

Seven Springs Golf Course

Sponsored by Best Records Management

10:00 a.m.

SPORTING CLAYS AND 5-STAND EVENT

Seven Springs Sporting Clays Course

Sponsored by Kapusta Deihl Schweers

10:00 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.

HOMER S. BROWN DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Homer S. Brown Division Council

“The Past, Present, and Future of 'Amateurism' in Division I College Athletics”

 

In this hour, we will examine past and current prominent cases that have impacted/continue to impact the concept of “amateurism” in the NCAA. We will also dive into recent by-laws affecting representation by certified agents (Men’s basketball) as well as the overall “need” for agents in the future.

Speakers:

Edwin Edwards, Jr., Esq., Of Counsel, BlankRome, LLP

Ron G. Jones, Esq., Member, Jackson Kelly, PLLC

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2:00 p.m.

BANKRUPTCY AND COMMERCIAL LAW SECTION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit  |  1 CJE credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section

“The Ethics of Bankruptcy Crime: Why It Doesn’t Pay...”

 

The program will focus on hypothetical situations that have been inspired by real bankruptcy crimes. We will discuss the different ethical rules from the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Conduct that are implicated by these crimes and then discuss ways in which these rule violations could potentially be avoided in a similar situation. While the crimes discussed will be bankruptcy based, this will be a good refresher of the legal ethics rules of Pennsylvania, and therefore applicable to all attorneys.

Speakers:

Hon. Gregory L. Taddonio, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Ryan Cooney, Esq., Law Offices of Robert O Lampl

John Gotaskie, Jr., Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP

Moderator:

Abagale Steidl, Esq., Associate, Steidl & Steinberg, PC

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2:00 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING #1: FAMILY LAW

1 Substantive credit  |  1 CJE credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Family Law Section

“What to File, Where and When? An Overview (with Pictures) Taking the Guesswork Out of Where to File and Schedule Family Law Matters”

 

This program will focus on the basics of where attorneys should go to file all types of initial pleadings in the Family Division. The program will also explain what attorneys and their staff need to do to schedule the variety of family law proceedings. This program will feature court personnel and family law practitioners providing insights on common errors attorneys and their staff make and how to avoid them. Finally, the program will address common mistakes attorneys make when trying to comply with the new Public Access Policy.

Speakers:

Megan Musial, Esq., Frank Gale Bails Murcko & Pocrass, P.C.

Amy Ross, Assistant Administrator, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Family Division

Daphne Deiner, Administrative Assistant, Frank Gale Bails Murcko & Pocrass, P.C.

Moderator:

Robert Raver, Esq., Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC

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3:15 p.m.

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit  |  1 CJE credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Young Lawyers Division

“Finding Success in Workplace Interactions”

 

If you’ve ever struggled to make an impression in your firm or had difficulty with a partner, paralegal, or other associate on a stressful project, then the YLD has THE program for you! Join an experienced panel as they discuss hypothetical scenarios involving associates gaining management roles, making good impressions with partners and other supervisors, tips for ethically handling a stressful caseload, and many more.

 

Along the way, get ready to learn helpful tips and tricks on how to interact positively and professionally with partners, associates, and staff. There will be an open discussion on how attorneys can make themselves noticed and respected and avoid giving themselves a poor reputation within their office. The panel will also talk about working with other attorneys who have different personalities and work styles.

 

Come join the YLD for some real talk on how to successfully navigate the law firm environment.

Speakers:

Stephen Antonelli, Esq., Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Alexandra Farone, Esq., Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Christine Gale, Esq., Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C.

Jessica Gangjee, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development, Burns White LLC

John Scialabba, Esq., Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C.

Moderator:

Maria Coladonato, Esq., Mills & Henry, Attorneys at Law

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3:15 p.m.

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit  |  1 CJE credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Labor and Employment Law Section

“Social Media: Legal Issues When Employees Log-On (Inside and Outside of the Workplace)”

 

This session will focus on employer policies, employee discipline and investigations related to employees’ use of social media using real-life examples, including how Pittsburgh employers have responded to difficult public situations involving controversial employee posts. Topics will include: the benefits and risks of monitoring employees' social media use, social media and harassment, including the #MeToo movement, what employee speech may be protected by the first amendment, what employee speech might constitute protected concerted activity, what is and is not legal in a social media policy, how a complaint about an employees' social media post should be handled, and how anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws apply to social media content.

Speakers:

Laura C. Bunting, Esq., Jackson Lewis P.C.​

Lisa L. Garrett, Esq., Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

Nick Kennedy, Esq., Minto Law Group, LLC

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3:15 p.m.

FINANCIAL PLANNING PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Snowflake

Sponsored/Presented by Hefren-Tillotson

“Benefit Trends: Understanding the Latest in Retirement and Benefit Plans”

 

The rules and offerings in the retirement and benefits space are always changing, and many of our clients tell us that they just don’t have time to keep up. Join financial experts from Hefren-Tillotson as they offer an update on the latest trends and regulations.

Speakers:

Ed Lettieri, Director, Hefren-Tillotson

Ari Goldberg, Financial Advisor, Hefren-Tillotson

Larry Jacobson, Senior Vice President, Jacobson Associates Inc.

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4:30 p.m.

WOMEN IN THE LAW DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit  |  1 CJE credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Women in the Law Division

“What to Do When You Are Not in the Room Where It Happened (Managing to Protect Your Assets)”

 

From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don’t know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving people away and how to address it. Doing so is simply good business; improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line. Turnover is expensive.

 

With a supportive environment, proper policies and a plan for investigating and dealing with complaints, you can create a culture where you are “in the know.” This program will provide another toolkit of concrete actions, policies and strategies to create an environment where people are comfortable coming forward with complaints and ways to properly investigate and address issues. This will also increase your ability to create a positive, professional workplace that cultivates and retains the best talent and protect your assets.

 

The program will explain how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism and the judicial ethical requirements for the treatment and management of staff and lawyers.

Speakers:

Marie Rivera Johnson, Esq., Director, Labor & Employment Group, Cohen & Grisby, P.C.

Christine Miller, Esq., Miller Career Consulting

Tynishia Powell, Esq., Associate Counsel, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Stephen Tanzilli, JD, Dean, Rowland School of Business, Point Park University

Moderator:

Thomas McGough, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, UPMC, Former president of the ACBA

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4:30 p.m.

LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Sunburst

Presented by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Impaired Lawyers…But Were Afraid to Ask”

 

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss the prevalence rates of substance use and mental health disorders within the legal profession along with LCL’s 24 hour, 365 days a year confidential supportive services. Brian will share his compelling and powerful story of addiction and recovery. He will also focus on the importance intervening when others are displaying signs of struggling with substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Speaker:

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

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4:30 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING #2: COURTROOM CIVILITY BY JUDGE MANNING

1 Ethics credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“What Your Mother Taught You. Civility & Manners: Courtroom Style”

 

The Hon. Jeffrey A. Manning will advise and comment on the behavior and conduct of lawyers and judges in and out of the courtroom with emphasis on civility and manners. This program is designed for both lawyers and judges.

Speaker:

Hon. Jeffrey A. Manning, President-Judge Emeritus, Court of Common Pleas, Fifth Judicial District, Pennsylvania

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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

Sponsored by Plummer Slade

5:30 p.m.

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES RECEPTION

ACBA YLD Hospitality Suite 314

5:30 p.m.

WOMEN IN THE LAW DIVISION RECEPTION

Seasons 5

Sponsored by Dr. Shannon Edwards

Join the Women in the Law Division for an informal social gathering immediately following the WLD CLE presentation.

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 18th Bench-Bar Conference Division meeting. Andrew Rothey will be formally introduced as the new chair of the YLD, succeeding Lacee Ecker. 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 2019-2020 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

Relaxation and Late Evening Reception
Matterhorn

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Dress for the day is resort casual.
 
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MORNING - ATHLETIC EVENTS

7:00 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO 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 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

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9:00 a.m.

WAKE UP WITH THE JUDGES PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit  |  1 CJE credit

Grand Ballroom

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

Sponsored by David J. Shrager, Attorney at Law

“Business of the Courts”

Local courts often employ different policies for the administration of cases. Judicial leadership from federal and state courts will discuss what procedures work best for each court and division and what modifications and new protocol might be considered to make Western Pennsylvania a better place to practice. Topics will include master versus individual calendars, motions court practices and to what extent the decision-maker should be involved in efforts to settle a case.

Attendees at this program will receive up to a 7.5% risk control premium credit per attorney on the ACBA Sponsored Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance Policy underwritten by CNA. The credit is applied at the next renewal date and is good for two consecutive policy terms.

Speakers:

Hon. Mark R. Hornak, Chief District Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County

Hon. Kim D. Eaton, Administrative Judge, Family Division, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County

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

Moderators:

John P. Gismondi, Esq., Gismondi & Associates

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

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10:15 a.m.

FEATURE PRESENTATION

1 Ethics credit  |  1 CJE credit

Grand Ballroom

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Deal or No Deal: Ethics at Trial”

Legal ethics is the name, putting lawyers on the hot seat is the game. As it turns out, everyone loves game shows, including lawyers. This class, a favorite among attorneys at Bench-Bar conferences, presents real-life scenarios involving attorneys facing real ethical violations. Class participants will be given the option of accepting a deal for the ethical violation, or taking their chances at a full-blown hearing. The program will cover inappropriate contact with jurors, fist fighting judges, lying attorneys, and inappropriate romantic interludes with clients, substance abuse, and much more.

 

Joel Oster is a constitutional litigator and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He is in private practice in Kansas City, specializing in constitutional litigation, campaign finance, sports law and appellate advocacy. As a public speaker, he has collected many stories that illuminate the funnier side of the law. He adheres to the admonition of John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, that “He who laughs most, learns best!” He proudly boasts that out of the 150+ CLE presentations he has done through Comedian of Law over the past few years; there have been no head injuries from sleep-induced lecturers. He is a regular presenter at bar associations throughout the country, including at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Conference in October of 2018. Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. Oster is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida and numerous federal courts.

Speaker:

Joel Oster, Esq., President and General Counsel, Comedian of Law

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11:30 a.m.

 JUDGES ONLY – IMPLICIT BIAS CJE 

1.5 Ethics CJE credits

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“Getting Explicit About Implicit Bias – What Judges Need to Know”

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.

IN-HOUSE/GENERAL COUNSEL PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Snowflake

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“A Conversation with General Counsel: How They Got Here and What Keeps a GC Up at Night”

This program will feature a lively discussion from three of the area’s most visible chief legal officers. In this session, the panelists will share their unique path to general counsel, give insight on the day-to-day responsibilities of running an organization’s legal department and highlight current areas of concern facing legal departments that can keep a GC up at night.

Speakers:

Kevin Acklin, Esq., Senior VP & General Counsel, Pittsburgh Penguins

W. Thomas McGough, Jr., Esq., Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, UPMC

Geovette Washington, Esq., Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Legal Officer, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator:

Tracey McCants Lewis, Esq., Deputy General Counsel & Director of Human Resources, Pittsburgh Penguins

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11:30 a.m.

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

1 Ethics credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Bench-Bar Conference Program Committee

“A Day in the Life of a Well Run Law Practice: All You Need to Know About Law Practice Management But Were Afraid to Ask”

A law practice at its most basic is just a business. However, lawyers have some business management Rules (of Professional Conduct) that dictate how to run that practice. If you are like most lawyers, you want to deal with the substantive legal issues, because that’s where you excel. The panel will address some of the major law practice management issues from client selection, storing client materials and data, to billing and collecting, closing files and employment issues and firm communications. This program will help you deal with some of the scarier aspects of practicing law so you can focus on what you love to do most. Come and learn some tips and techniques to keep your clients happy and your practice running smoothly.

Attendees at this program will receive up to a 7.5% risk control premium credit per attorney on the ACBA Sponsored Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance Policy underwritten by CNA. The credit is applied at the next renewal date and is good for two consecutive policy terms.

Speakers:

Amy J. Coco, Esq., Weinheimer, Haber & Coco, P.C.

Bethann R. Lloyd, Esq., Weinheimer, Haber & Coco, P.C.

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11:30 a.m.

SKILLS TRAINING #3: PROBATE & TRUST

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Probate & Trust Law Section

“How Does This Probate and Trust and Orphans' Court Stuff Work, Exactly?”

This Probate and Trust Skills Training Program invites young practitioners and new probate and trust practitioners to ask questions, engage in group discussions and gain tips from experienced practitioners. This training program is designed to spark the interest of young attorneys and introduce the Orphans’ Court in a way that will help eliminate some of the unknown. This program will offer the attendees an overview of the Orphans’ Court and Department of Court Records and include discussion on topics including jurisdiction, audits, guardianships, probate, estate administration and motion and petition practice to name a few.

Speakers:

Lisa Dougan, Esq., Vice President, Aligned Partners Trust Company

Daniel Seibel, Esq., Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.

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1:00 p.m.

LUNCHEON

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Plummer Slade

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WELCOME

Elizabeth L. Hughes, Esq.
UPMC
Chair, Bench-Bar Conference Committee

ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PASSING THE GAVEL

Bryan S. Neft, Esq.

Spilman Thomas & Battle

ACBA President

REMARKS BY INCOMING ACBA PRESIDENT

Lori E. McMaster, Esq.

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

ACBA President-Elect

ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION PASSING THE GAVEL

Patricia L. Dodge, Esq.

Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP

ACBF President

REMARKS BY INCOMING ACBF PRESIDENT

Jennifer R. Andrade, Esq.

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

ACBF President-Elect

REMARKS

David A. Blaner

Allegheny County Bar Association

Executive Director

PRESENTATION OF THE AMRAM AWARD

Award presented by John F. Becker, Esq.

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

2:15 - 4:30 p.m.

COFFEE STATION OPENS

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AFTERNOON – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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2:30 p.m.

CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION/CIVIL DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit  |  1 CJE credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Civil Litigation Section

“Update 2019: New Practices, Rules, and Procedures”

Join the Civil Litigation Section for its annual sound-off and state of the civil divisions of the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The panel will discuss ongoing trends in litigation, as well as recent and upcoming changes to the Federal Court, and the Allegheny County Civil Division, such as new voir dire practices, updates to the Local Rules and other changes to the division, including Judge Hertzberg as the new Calendar Control Judge. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss potential changes and ask questions of the panel.

 

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

Speakers:

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

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

Hon. Robert J. Colville, Special Motions Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County

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

Dianne Wainwright, Deputy Court Administrator, Civil Division

Moderator:

Joseph R. Froetschel, Esq., Gismondi & Associates

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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

“Orphans’ Court Sound Off”

The ACBA Probate and Trust Law Section will review and discuss recent developments in Orphans’ Court practice, estate planning and administration and tax matters.

Speakers:

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

Scott P. Magnuson, Esq., Attorney at Law

Daniel A. Seibel, Esq., Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.

Raymond C. Vogliano, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

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2:30 p.m.

FAMILY LAW SECTION/FAMILY DIVISION PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit  |  1 CJE credit

Seasons 1, 2, 3

Presented by the Family Law Section

“Custody Communications in an Electronic World: How Our Family Wizard Can Benefit the Parties and the Court in Custody Litigation”

This program will focus on communications between litigants in custody disputes. It will demonstrate how "Our Family Wizard" can assist those litigants in managing those communications and reduce the typical "he said, she said" in custody disputes. In addition to showing how the parties can better manage their relationship, the program also will go into detail on how judges and attorneys use these electronic communications when the parties cannot amicably resolve their disputes. In particular, the panel will address relevant evidentiary and credibility issues with these communications and the use of these items in Motions and Petitions.

Speakers:

Hon. Kim Eaton, Administrative Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division

Hon. Hugh McGough, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division

Kevin Dorsey, Professional Liaison, The Our Family Wizard Website

Alyssa R. Angotti, Esq., Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC

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2:30 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING #4: PRO BONO CENTER

1 Ethics credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the ACBF Pro Bono Center

“Pro Bono Practice Rules: Facilitating Free Legal Services”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court enacted two new rules last year that make it easier for lawyers to provide pro bono legal services. Several existing rules also are aimed at expanding opportunities for lawyers to give back. How do these rules work? Come learn about obtaining emeritus status and how to get CLE credit for time dedicated to providing free legal services to people with low incomes. Discover the Rules of Professional Conduct that support your pro bono practice. Explore volunteer opportunities and find out how legal aid organizations can support you as you help people in need.

Speakers:

Amy Carpenter, Esq., Neighborhood Legal Services

Barbara Griffin, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Antoinette Oliver, Esq., Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership

Jay Silberblatt, Esq., Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board

Andrew J. Trevelise, Esq., Vice Chair, Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board

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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  |  1 CJE credit

Snowflake

Presented by the Criminal Litigation Section

“Criminal Justice Reform: Where Are We…Where Are We Going?”

This program will provide participants with insight into the fast-changing world of criminal justice reform. After decades of passing “get tough on crime” laws, Congress and various State Legislatures are beginning to understand that long prison terms are not effective and are expensive. Now, politicians are using data-driven approaches to find effective solutions to criminal justice. Although a very broad topic, this CLE will focus on the Fifth Judicial Circuit and the various ways it leads Pennsylvania into the modern era of punishment and rehabilitation in the criminal justice system.

 

Wrongful convictions, sentencing reform, bail reform and biases within the criminal court system will be discussed. Effort will be made to highlight the current status of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in dealing with all of the above, while presenting ideas for the direction the Court should go in the future. Under the leadership of Judge Jeffrey A. Manning and Judge David R. Cashman, the Fifth Judicial Circuit has led the way in creating problem solving courts, moving away from monetary bail and creating a streamlined court process for those charged with relatively minor crimes most often resolved through simple plea agreements while preserving one’s right to due process.

 

Newly elected President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark and Criminal Court Administrative Judge Jill E. Rangos will lead the legal community into the next phase of criminal justice reform in Allegheny County.

Speakers:

Elizabeth DeLosa, Esq., The Innocence Project

Matthew Dugan, Esq., Chief Deputy Public Defender of Allegheny County

Lyle Dresbold, Esq., Shrager Defense Attorneys

Douglas Sughrue, Esq., Sughrue Law

Lisa A. Mantella, Esq., Counsel, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC

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3:45 p.m.

FEDERAL COURT SECTION/FEDERAL COURT PROGRAM

1 Substantive credit

Sunburst

Presented by the Federal Court Section

“How Can Pro Bono Service Benefit Your Bottom Line?”

This panel will cover opportunities for pro bono service available in the Western District Court of Pennsylvania; practical marketing strategies for utilizing pro bono services to enhance firm presence in a competitive market; how pro bono service can add revenue to the bottom line; and resources available to attorneys and firms that participate in pro bono representation. Judge Mark R. Hornak will also address the state of the Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Speakers:

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

Jason Piatt, Esq., Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Moderator:

Sandra Kozlowski, Esq., Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

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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

“Your Honor, You Erred Because…Navigating Rule 1925(b): The Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal”

The Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal can be both an effective tool and a trap for the unwary. An effective statement should both inform the trial judge of the precise issues to address in the trial court opinion and preserve those issues for appeal.

 

Join a panel of appellate jurists and practitioners for an informative discussion of how to utilize the Rule 1925(b) statement to your client’s best advantage. Topics covered will include choosing which issues to raise, limitations on the number of issues to present, effective setting forth of the errors asserted, preservation of subsidiary issues, citing errors in seemingly vague trial decisions and waiver of issues. Examples of effective Statements of Errors will be discussed.

Speakers:

Hon. Mary Jane Bowes, Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Hon. Judith Ference Olson, Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

J. Nicholas Ranjan, Esq., K&L Gates LLP

Kevin F. McCarthy, Esq., Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

Lisa R. Whisler, Esq., Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Moderator:

Templeton Smith, Esq., Chair, ACBA Appellate Practice Committee

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3:45 p.m.

SKILLS TRAINING #5: CIVIL LITIGATION

1 Substantive credit

Wintergreen

Presented by the Civil Litigation Section

“Be a Better Advocate: Skills Training and Tips for Arguing Motions”

This program invites all attorneys and judges to participate in a fascinating panel discussion on motion practice. Come learn tips, techniques, do’s and don’ts with the judges that will be deciding your motions. The program will consist of “what if scenarios,” and there will be plenty of time to ask questions, engage in group discussions, and gain insight from experienced practitioners. The program is designed to develop insight into the tendencies of judicial thinking and how you can fine tune your advocacy skills. The program will address which judges in Allegheny County will hear your motion, the different rules applicable to motion practice, the impact on jury selection, and how you can distinguish yourself from your opponent. In addition, the program will also address implicit bias and its impact on judicial thinking as well as civility between attorneys.

Speakers:

Hon. Arnold Klein, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division

Hon. Donald Walko, Jr., Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division

Hon. Patrick Connelly, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division

Moderators:

Kevin Eddy, Esq., BlankRome

Erica Laughlin, Esq., Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

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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.

7:30 p.m.

DINNER

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by AmeriServ Trust and Financial Services Company

9:15 p.m.

MONTE CARLO LOUNGE

Winterberry

9:15 p.m.

AFTER PARTY

with DJ SOSA

Winterberry

10:30 p.m.

KARAOKE PARTY

with DJ SOSA

Winterberry

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15
 
BREAKFAST, CLOSING REMARKS, DOOR PRIZE DRAWING, AND ADJOURNMENT
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8:30 a.m.

COUNTRY BREAKFAST BUFFET

Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Constance Lee & Company

10:00 a.m.

CLOSING REMARKS

Elizabeth L. Hughes, Esq.

UPMC

Chair, Bench-Bar Conference Committee

10:00 a.m.

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING

Sponsored by Constance Lee & Company

ADJOURNMENT

 

Sponsorship opportunities for 2020 coming soon.

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