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Attorneys are busy. Finding the time to attend an In-person CLE or Live Webinar course can be challenging. Here's a solution: Previously Recorded CLEs. On this site, the ACBA gives you the option to watch any of a wide variety of CLEs on-demand. Watch from your home, office or on the go. These courses are considered "distance learning" credits. In Pennsylvania, you can earn up to six distance learning credits each year. Enjoy the convenience of earning credits anywhere at any time.  Here are some highlights:

  • Available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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  • All of the programs listed are approved for CLE credit in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
  • View 5-minute previews of all available courses.
  • Return to a course to continue where you left off.

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Available Previously Recorded CLE Courses

1:01:33

Destruction and Disposal of PFAS Substances: Regulations and Guidance

The regulatory status of PFAS chemicals is a rapidly changing environment as numerous states have decided to chart their own regulatory path, U.S. EPA continues to make progress on their PFAS Action P... Read More »
The regulatory status of PFAS chemicals is a rapidly changing environment as numerous states have decided to chart their own regulatory path, U.S. EPA continues to make progress on their PFAS Action Plan, and U.S. EPA has issued a Draft Interim Guidance on the destruction and disposal of PFAS substances. The panel will provide an update on current PFAS regulations in various states and discuss the recent memorandum detailing an interim National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting strategy for addressing PFAS in EPA-issued wastewater permits. The U.S. EPA Draft Interim Guidance on the Destruction and Disposal of PFAS substances also will be discussed.

Date Recorded: March 30, 2021

Speakers: Paul Tomiczek, Thomas Maher, David Rockman

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
58:51

Digital Forensics For Lawyers

Uncovering the truth in the information available from those data sources can have a significant impact in the ability to successfully prosecute or defend a criminal or civil case. This is especially ... Read More »
Uncovering the truth in the information available from those data sources can have a significant impact in the ability to successfully prosecute or defend a criminal or civil case. This is especially true in today's world of remote work, use of mobile devices, cloud-based collaboration tools and other digital platforms as they continue to grow.

However, many attorneys are often unaware of the types of artifacts that can be forensically recovered from a custodian's digital footprint. Join this session to learn about what types of digital evidence often lies beneath the surface, how to defensibly (and efficiently) collect that evidence and what forensic analysis of that evidence can tell you about your case.

Specifics to be covered include:


- What forensic analysis can tell you about hidden and other data
- How to collect that data in a manner that will satisfy authentication standards under rules of evidence
- How a lawyer's duty of technical competence can be met with increased knowledge of these subjects
- The pitfalls and limitations of forensically collecting various evidence types, including recovery of deleted evidence
- Actual examples where digital forensics has creatively helped in the prosecution and/or defense of cases

Date Recorded: April 27, 2021

Speakers: John Unice, Brett Creasy, Lauren Godfrey

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Practice Area: General
1:00:34

Issues Dealing with Confidential Informants

"Confidential informants can be crucial in a case. However, working with a confidential informant is different than what you see in the movies. A former DEA agent-turned private investigator will c... Read More »
"Confidential informants can be crucial in a case. However, working with a confidential informant is different than what you see in the movies.

A former DEA agent-turned private investigator will cover the following issues attorneys frequently encounter when working with a confidential informant during this program:

Has law enforcement properly handled the informant?
The biggest problem facing law enforcement is the control of the informant.
Proper guidelines and procedures must be established. The informants must be documented. The agents who supervise the informants must be supervised.
What problems did the controlling officer encounter? Such as caught telling lies, failure to follow procedures, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, domestic abuse and undocumented income.
What action did the law enforcement agency take against the behavior of the informant? Examples include blackballing the informant, withholding information on self-including and issues such as "a secret stash of drug money."
Most law enforcement agencies maintain an informant file. Is there a threat assessment, payments made and written statements?
What are the different types of informants you can work with?"

Date Recorded: December 6, 2021

Speakers: Larry Forletta

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
58:50

The Ethics of Freelance Legal Services

"Tens of thousands of attorneys are seeking and enjoying the flexibility of working as a freelance or contract attorney. However, doing so requires a special understanding of how that works, the ethic... Read More »
"Tens of thousands of attorneys are seeking and enjoying the flexibility of working as a freelance or contract attorney. However, doing so requires a special understanding of how that works, the ethical boundaries which lawyers need to follow and the appropriate configuration of contracts, payment options and whether flat fees must be kept in trust until the services are provided.

Join national speaker Claude Ducloux, Board-Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, for a complete survey of issues, a discussion of the ethics rules affecting such practice and how to configure contracts and payments.

This presentation will discuss the typical attributes of a freelance lawyer and the types of services provided. The program will examine the conflicts of interest principles applicable and examine the relationship, if any, which exists between the freelancer and the underlying client to whom services are provided. What conflicts need to be disclosed? What about conflicts in the future resulting from that freelance representation? Are they waivable?

The program also will discuss appropriate contract forms, which should conform to specific rules of the jurisdiction, numerous disclosures and items concerning payment, confirmation of Independent Contractor status, and the provision that the freelance attorney should be paid regardless of the contracting firm, so as to protect attorneys from joint and several responsibilities.

Finally, the program will cover the prospect of "unbundled" legal services and ensuring that clients' rights are observed in rendering those types of services."

Date Recorded: October 10, 2022

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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1:01:22

Understanding Rule 8.4(g) and Navigating Bias in the Profession as an Associate

"This program will cover the current status and impact of the proposed new anti-bias and harassment amendment to the Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) in the legal profession. Associates and other j... Read More »
"This program will cover the current status and impact of the proposed new anti-bias and harassment amendment to the Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) in the legal profession. Associates and other junior legal professionals join a panel of associates and experts to better understand Rule 8.4(g) and the other resources available for navigating issues of ethics and bias in the legal profession from an associate position. This webinar CLE is structured as a panel discussion, moderated by Cheryl Kaufman, allowing for plenty of questions and robust conversation in this ever evolving and highly important aspect of the rules of ethics and the legal profession.

This is the second in a two-part series on this topic.

Date Recorded: February 10, 2022

Speakers: Rhoda Neft, Asra Hasmi, Cheryl Kaufmann, Jenine De Bor

Moderators: Emily Kinkead, Natalia Holliday

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:57:19

#ElderLaw – An Overview of Elder Law

What exactly is Elder Law? An experienced panel will give an overview during this CLE. The program is ideal for young attorneys looking to learn more about the practice area, as well as experienced at... Read More »
What exactly is Elder Law? An experienced panel will give an overview during this CLE. The program is ideal for young attorneys looking to learn more about the practice area, as well as experienced attorneys from other practice areas looking for a refresher.

Specifics to be covered include:

- What is Elder Law? An explanation
- Documents associated with elder law: POAs, Wills, Advance Health Care and Trusts
- Medicare, Medicaid and asset protection
- Guardianships, filial responsibility
- Guardianships, filial responsibility
- Tax implications of Elder Law practice

Date Recorded: December 14, 2020

Speakers: Carol Sikov Gross, Robin Frank, Christine Long, Lori Capone, Michael Marks, Craig O'Connor

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Practice Area: Elder Law
1:01:53

2019-2020 Case Law Update

This panel will focus on important cases and bankruptcy decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd Circuit, and the Western District of Pennsylvania that have been reached over the last year. In addit... Read More »
This panel will focus on important cases and bankruptcy decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd Circuit, and the Western District of Pennsylvania that have been reached over the last year. In addition, we will mention cases that are moving toward the Supreme Court, with splits in the various Circuits, that may be worth keeping an eye on. The cases will be helpful to both the commercial and consumer practitioner, covering multiple chapters of bankruptcy.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Kenneth Steidl, Anthony Moody, Lois Vitti

Moderators: Lauren Lamb

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
1:57:32

A Behind the Scenes Look at a Residential Real Estate Transaction

This program will provide a "behind the scenes" perspective of the typical residential real estate transaction in Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Rather than being "lawyered" up, the panel of experts is made... Read More »
This program will provide a "behind the scenes" perspective of the typical residential real estate transaction in Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Rather than being "lawyered" up, the panel of experts is made up of not only lawyers, but also a home inspector, a mortgage broker/banker, an appraiser and a real estate broker.

Topics include:

- The fiduciary relationships (as well as lack thereof) of real estate licensees to the consumer in a residential real estate transaction.
- The full role of the home inspection in the residential real estate transaction
- The intricacies of the behind the scenes efforts of the mortgage process, including the appraisal, from pre-approval to closing.
- The intricacies of the behind the scenes efforts of the title/closing process in the residential real estate transaction.
- How various aspects of the above are impacted by many of the standard forms utilized in a residential real estate transaction.

Date Recorded: December 15, 2020

Speakers: R. Kevin Brown, Bradley Dornish, Jonathan Freed, Brian Mischler

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Practice Area: Real Property
56:22

A Brief Look at IRS Programs for Taxpayer Offshore Noncompliance

"It is important to stay compliant with the IRS filing and international reporting rules. Otherwise, harsh penalties could apply. There are many U.S. taxpayers who are not in offshore compliance who s... Read More »
"It is important to stay compliant with the IRS filing and international reporting rules. Otherwise, harsh penalties could apply. There are many U.S. taxpayers who are not in offshore compliance who should consider entering into one of the available IRS offshore amnesty programs.

Among the available programs are Streamline Procedures, Delinquent Return Submission Procedures and VDP (Voluntary Disclosure Program). This seminar will include IRS international reporting rules, compliance with the rules, penalties for non-compliance, offshore amnesty programs and streamline offshore (foreign and domestic)."

Date Recorded: January 11, 2022

Speakers: Marko Zivanov

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:26:55

A General Overview of Medical Marijuana in Pa.

"Marijuana use is one of those areas of the law that gets a bit cloudy. This program will provide a summary of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Applicable federal and state laws will be covered, ... Read More »
"Marijuana use is one of those areas of the law that gets a bit cloudy.

This program will provide a summary of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Applicable federal and state laws will be covered, along with a discussion regarding ethics and the metabolization of THC. Specific practice areas of interest will be employment, criminal, abusing and custody courts. Future legislative trends will complete the program."

Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

Speakers: Patricik Nightingale, Rachel McElroy

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
57:18

A History of the Advancement of Women and African Americans in the Pittsburgh Bar

Ron Schuler, the author of "The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of America," will join Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark to discuss the different y... Read More »
Ron Schuler, the author of "The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of America," will join Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark to discuss the different yet difficult journeys of women and African Americans into the Pittsburgh bar and ultimately into leadership positions within the legal community. He will talk about George Vashon's unsuccessful attempt to enter the bar before the Gilded Age. Additionally, he will discuss technology as an impetus for the successful entry of women into the profession, as well as taking a look at the careers of some of the pioneering women, such as Sarah Soffel, Anne Alpren, Ella Graubart Arensberg, Sarah Soffel and more. The program also will cover the limitations that have been imposed on women and African Americans within the profession, how some of them have been surmounted, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Date Recorded: February 11, 2021

Speakers: Ronald Schuler, Hon. Kim Clark

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Practice Areas: Diversity & InclusionGeneral
59:17

A History of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Notable Cases

Please join us for a fun Western District case retrospective. Regardless of the genre of your practice, whether you are a consumer or commercial attorney, you will find a colorful mix of case law and ... Read More »
Please join us for a fun Western District case retrospective. Regardless of the genre of your practice, whether you are a consumer or commercial attorney, you will find a colorful mix of case law and tales from the past including Bud Post the erstwhile lottery winner, the repossession of the Donzi's nightclub barge and the criminal shenanigans of the LeNature's insiders. The hour will round out with more recent and relevant issues such as the emerging treatment of nunc pro tunc approval and issues relating to defensive use of the automatic stay and violations of the stay. Finally, the panel will touch on impactful
rulings in the area of mortgage litigation.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Jeffrey Deller, Jana Pail, Julie Frazee Steidl, Robert Lampl

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
1:04:24

A Look at Capital Crime: Dealing With Difficult Defense Cases

This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Commo... Read More »
This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law; Rule 801 credits shall be received for this program.

The program also will cover what the Commonwealth must prove to make out certain aggravating factors. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases.

Date Recorded: October 1, 2021

Speakers: Lisa Middleman

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
56:39

A Look at Capital Crime: Ethics

This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Commo... Read More »
This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law; Rule 801 credits shall be received for this program.

The program also will cover what the Commonwealth must prove to make out certain aggravating factors. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases.

Date Recorded: October 1, 2021

Speakers: Thomas Farrell

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:02

A Look at Capital Crime: Mitigation

This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Commo... Read More »
This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law; Rule 801 credits shall be received for this program.

The program also will cover what the Commonwealth must prove to make out certain aggravating factors. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases.

Date Recorded: October 1, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Deborah Mucha

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
50:17

A Look at Capital Crime: Other Crimes Concerning the Death Penalty

This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Commo... Read More »
This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law; Rule 801 credits shall be received for this program.

The program also will cover what the Commonwealth must prove to make out certain aggravating factors. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases.

Date Recorded: October 1, 2021

Speakers: Thomas Farrell

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:00:56

A Look at Capital Crime: The Prosecution's Perspective

This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Commo... Read More »
This six-credit symposium offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law; Rule 801 credits shall be received for this program.

The program also will cover what the Commonwealth must prove to make out certain aggravating factors. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases.

Date Recorded: October 1, 2021

Speakers: Hon. Bruce Beemer

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:57:30

A Look at Federal Criminal Practice in the Western District

"This program is designed for practitioners who wish to learn about federal criminal cases; it's the second in a two-part series, though no prerequisite is required. Attendees will learn about the ... Read More »
"This program is designed for practitioners who wish to learn about federal criminal cases; it's the second in a two-part series, though no prerequisite is required.

Attendees will learn about the pre-sentencing and sentencing phases of a criminal case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Attendees will hear from experts on all sides – judges, prosecutors, defense counsel and probation officers. This program will focus on what goes into a presentence investigation report and how it is used. The program also will cover the sentencing hearing as well as how to prepare your client for sentencing.

Additionally, the program will offer tips for finding mitigation evidence and the ethical issues concerning capital cases."

Date Recorded: November 5, 2021

Speakers: Tracy DeMartino, Troy Rivetti, Michael Novara, Sarah Levin, Hon. Mark Hornak, Linda Cohn, Douglas Maloney

Moderators: John Schwab

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:17

A Primer on the False Claims Act

This program will provide a high-level overview of the False Claims Act. The liability provisions, remedies and common fraudulent schemes will be discussed. Unique elements of FCA practice will also b... Read More »
This program will provide a high-level overview of the False Claims Act. The liability provisions, remedies and common fraudulent schemes will be discussed. Unique elements of FCA practice will also be covered, including the sealed FCA complaint and working with the Department of Justice.

Date Recorded: July 27, 2021

Speakers: Charles Lamberton

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Practice Area: General
1:06:43

A Woman's Place in the Legal Profession

This program critically examines and discusses the findings of a recent American Bar Association sponsored study exploring the pressures, internal and external, affecting the retention of women in the... Read More »
This program critically examines and discusses the findings of a recent American Bar Association sponsored study exploring the pressures, internal and external, affecting the retention of women in the legal profession. Comprised of an overview PowerPoint presentation and followed by a panel discussion, this program will explore the ways in which the study's findings have manifested in the local legal community and what initiatives have been and can be 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.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Helen Ward, Alexis Leventhal, Hon. Patricia Dodge, Hon. Carlota Bohm, Leanne Meyer, Lisa Stauffer

Moderators: Kelly Neal

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Practice Areas: BankruptcyDiversity & InclusionGeneral
2:46:38

Accessing In-Patient Care Under the Medicare System

"This presentation will examine the process individuals face when they enter a typical inpatient healthcare system (using Medicare coverage) as the result of an emergency event. The program uses a ... Read More »
"This presentation will examine the process individuals face when they enter a typical inpatient healthcare system (using Medicare coverage) as the result of an emergency event.

The program uses a scenario to illustrate important legal concepts: Mr. Johnson, a 70-year-old widower in relatively good health with Medicare coverage living alone with no family members living nearby, faces an unexpected serious health crisis at home, one that requires him to enter an inpatient healthcare system through the emergency room.

What things should Mr. Johnson have done in anticipation of this event? Where does his elder law attorney fit in?
What's the process that Mr. Johnson should expect as he transitions from the ambulance ride, to the emergency room, to the inpatient stay, to the transfer to rehabilitative care, to his final destination (back in his home or in a nursing home), and why? Where is his elder-law attorney through this process?
What are the common misconceptions, pitfalls, disasters-waiting-to-happen throughout this process that Mr. Johnson needs to be aware of, and do something about? And, one more time, where is his attorney throughout this process?

Overall, what should the lawyer be doing to assist Mr. Johnson through a potentially adversarial process? And what can be done to help Mr. Johnson maximize the greatest use of services for his recovery? This CLE will provide the answers.

Attendees at this program may 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."

Date Recorded: February 11, 2022

Speakers: William McKendree, Colin Morgan, Susan Cardello

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Practice Area: Health Law
50:50

Act 33 Cases

This program covers Act 33 and how certain juveniles can and will be charged as adults. The process of certification of juveniles into adult court and the procedure of decertification of a juvenile fr... Read More »
This program covers Act 33 and how certain juveniles can and will be charged as adults. The process of certification of juveniles into adult court and the procedure of decertification of a juvenile from adult court to juvenile court will be fully analyzed. This course is a must for any lawyer who handles criminal cases.

Date Recorded: March 26, 2021

Speakers: Melissa Hong-Barco

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:57:42

An Introduction to Trusts

"There are many public misconceptions surrounding trusts. Some clients associate trusts only with tax avoidance. Others believe trusts are reserved for the ultra-wealthy. In truth, trusts are versatil... Read More »
"There are many public misconceptions surrounding trusts. Some clients associate trusts only with tax avoidance. Others believe trusts are reserved for the ultra-wealthy. In truth, trusts are versatile estate-planning tools that are more commonly used in certain circumstances to achieve non-tax goals. Whether a trust is appropriate requires a nuanced conversation between an attorney and client.

This program will focus on basic trust concepts for the non-trusts and estates attorney. Additionally, panelists will discuss potential trust solutions through issue spotting."

Date Recorded: August 26, 2021

Speakers: David Finui, Nicholas Urban, Scott Porterfield, Christiana Chmielewski

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
54:54

Appealing to Pa. Appellate Court Basics

"This program is designed for attorneys new to appellate practice or who handle appeals only occasionally. It covers basics of procedure, identifies the most common stumbling blocks and discusses – ... Read More »
"This program is designed for attorneys new to appellate practice or who handle appeals only occasionally. It covers basics of procedure, identifies the most common stumbling blocks and discusses – in a general fashion – how to make the most effective presentation.

Specifics to be covered include:

The decision to appeal
Advance preparations and the filing and service of the Notice of Appeal
The immediate follow-up steps (statement of issues, docketing statement)
The reproduced record and the brief
The oral argument"

Date Recorded: June 2, 2022

Speakers: Norma Chase

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
2:00:14

Arbitration Practice in Allegheny and Surrounding Counties

This CLE will provide an overview of all aspects of compulsory arbitration in Pennsylvania from commencement of the case through the hearing itself. Topics include pleadings, motions, discovery, heari... Read More »
This CLE will provide an overview of all aspects of compulsory arbitration in Pennsylvania from commencement of the case through the hearing itself. Topics include pleadings, motions, discovery, hearings and appeal procedures. Special attention will be given to the conduct of the hearing itself and how to handle certain evidentiary and ethical issues through application of Pa. R.C.P. 1305, as well as the rules governing appeal from the arbitrator's decision. Allegheny County Arbitration Supervisor Anna Majocha will also be on hand to provide her unique insight and to answer any questions the audience might have.

Date Recorded: March 2, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Skowron, Anna Majocha, Mark Hamilton

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Practice Area: Civil Litigation
49:39

Banking and Medical Marijuana

"The cannabis industry is booming, and since its emergence as a legal entity, some of the biggest challenges related to the industry have involved banking. This session will address the banking cha... Read More »
"The cannabis industry is booming, and since its emergence as a legal entity, some of the biggest challenges related to the industry have involved banking.

This session will address the banking challenges for cannabis related businesses and their suppliers. A knowledgeable speaker will discuss federal banking laws and why banks shy away from opening up business accounts that have direct or indirect activity with medical marijuana companies."

Date Recorded: January 18, 2022

Speakers: Judy Murtha

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:02:25

Bankruptcy Basics: Chapter 11 For the Non-Practitioner

This CLE will discuss the bankruptcy basics of Chapter 11 for the non-bankruptcy practitioner. This distinguished panel will discuss the automatic stay and its effect on other lawsuits. The session wi... Read More »
This CLE will discuss the bankruptcy basics of Chapter 11 for the non-bankruptcy practitioner. This distinguished panel will discuss the automatic stay and its effect on other lawsuits. The session will review the bankruptcy process in general as well as discuss dealing with bankruptcy issues if your client is the debtor or a creditor. If you have cases or clients where bankruptcy may be an issue or a concern, you do not want to miss this CLE.

Date Recorded: April 9, 2021

Speakers: Hon. Gregory Taddonio, Kirk Burkley, John Lacher

Moderators: Alexis Leventhal

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
1:02:53

Bankruptcy Court Update – How COVID-19 Changed the Landscape of Bankruptcy Practice

This panel will focus on the CARES Act and its impact on bankruptcy cases. Including, the procedures associated with COVID and the way that those procedures are changing the current legal landscape an... Read More »
This panel will focus on the CARES Act and its impact on bankruptcy cases. Including, the procedures associated with COVID and the way that those procedures are changing the current legal landscape and how those changes will continue into the future, even after COVID is erradicated. An update will be provided from the bankruptcy court, including the new procedures, Zoom trials, and mediations.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: John Kroto, Elizabeth Slaby, Hon. Thomas Agresti, Ryan Cooney, Christopher Frye, Ronda Winnecour

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
59:45

Basics of the Freedom of Information Act and Pa.'s Right-to-Know-Law

This program will compare and contrast the process of obtaining public records through the Freedom of Information Act and Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know-Law. The program will examine the lifecycle of a ... Read More »
This program will compare and contrast the process of obtaining public records through the Freedom of Information Act and Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know-Law. The program will examine the lifecycle of a public record request under both laws from drafting the request, making the request, pursuing an administrative appeal and litigating access to records in Court. This program is a great way to learn how to use public records as part of your practice.

Date Recorded: February 18, 2022

Speakers: Zachary Gordon, Jonathan Bruno

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:53:28

Behind the Mask How to Effectively Try a Case in a Pandemic

With there being no end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts are becoming more agile and inventive in finding ways to try civil cases. From non-jury trials over Microsoft Teams to full-blown, in-... Read More »
With there being no end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts are becoming more agile and inventive in finding ways to try civil cases. From non-jury trials over Microsoft Teams to full-blown, in-person trials with social distancing and masks in place, the wheels of justice are still turning out there.

This program will cover new courtroom procedures, strategies and techniques that are being employed here in Western Pennsylvania in the era of COVID-19.

Date Recorded: December 16, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Christine Ward, Hon. Alan Hertzberg, Hon. Jackie Bernard, Brendan Lupetin, Michael Feeney

Moderators: Gina Zumpella

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Practice Areas: Civil LitigationCriminal LitigationGeneral
58:52

Best Practices: Working with a Financial Expert

Financial expert witnesses often play a critical role in commercial disputes and cases involving economic damages. From assisting in discovery, formulating financial analyses and determining damages, ... Read More »
Financial expert witnesses often play a critical role in commercial disputes and cases involving economic damages. From assisting in discovery, formulating financial analyses and determining damages, to testifying at deposition and trial, experts can provide the information and insight crucial to supporting the case.

This program explores best practices litigators should consider when looking to retain and work with financial experts. Learn from BDO how you may leverage an expert's skills and experience in order to help resolve litigation matters. Objectives of this course include:

• Understanding the role of a financial expert witness
• Understanding considerations to optimize the use of financial expert witnesses
• Understanding the analyses and methods employed by financial experts
• Discussing case studies that demonstrate the effective use of financial experts

Date Recorded: May 4, 2021

Speakers: John Petrancosta, James Carroll

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Practice Areas: GeneralCivil LitigationCriminal Litigation
1:02:50

Civil Rights Law for the Non-Civil Rights Attorney

Over the last year, civil rights have become a topic of national discussion. Related legal issues pop up every day and are going to arise more frequently with the increased attention on how our govern... Read More »
Over the last year, civil rights have become a topic of national discussion. Related legal issues pop up every day and are going to arise more frequently with the increased attention on how our government interacts with its citizens. Any lawyer representing government employees or the public needs to be ready for these questions.

Whether you are looking to wade into the field of civil rights or just want an understanding of the basics, a panel of experienced government and private attorneys will give you a primer on what it takes to bring and defend a civil rights lawsuit. From Section 1983 claims to qualified immunity and Good Samaritan laws, learn the difference between disgruntled neighbors and a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Date Recorded: May 14, 2021

Speakers: Sarah Simkin, Alexander Wright, Cassidy Neal

Moderators: James Baker

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Practice Areas: Civil LitigationGeneral
1:00:11

Commercial Real Estate A House of Cards

This session will examine two hypothetical insolvencies involving commercial real estate in the COVID-19 era. The panelists will discuss the effect the pandemic has caused on cash flows for businesses... Read More »
This session will examine two hypothetical insolvencies involving commercial real estate in the COVID-19 era. The panelists will discuss the effect the pandemic has caused on cash flows for businesses and real estate entities in two settings. In examining the problems caused by COVID-19, the panelists will consider various insolvency situations, including Chapter 11 and state court receiverships, valuation issues, and will compare and contrast the current commercial real estate climate with the 2008 financial crisis.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Helen Ward, Matthew Herron, Juliann Haynes-Held, Kelly Neal

Moderators: Keila Estevez

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
58:10

Comprehensive Estate Planning Tax Essentials

Comprehensive Estate Planning Tax Essentials for 2021 The recent changes to tax laws and tax codes have been monumental, and those changes impact estate planning. This program will provide an ov... Read More »
Comprehensive Estate Planning Tax Essentials for 2021

The recent changes to tax laws and tax codes have been monumental, and those changes impact estate planning.

This program will provide an overview of relevant law related to the Federal Transfer (Gift, Estate, GST) Tax, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the SECURE Act and the CARES Act. The program also will cover the Pa. Inheritance Tax and the 2020 changes (0% rate parent to child under 21), the Pa. Multiple Party Accounts Act, the Pa. Uniform Trust Code and the Pa. Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Identifying and understanding your assets and beneficiaries and related planning considerations and techniques also will be discussed, including tax, retirement, and long term care planning considerations. Coordinating asset ownership and beneficiary designations will be covered as well.

Date Recorded: March 5, 2021

Speakers: Nora Chatha

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:02:29

Condemnation Procedure Under the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code

This program will provide a summary of handling a condemnation case under the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code from the perspectives of both condemnor and condemnee. The discussion will focus on best ... Read More »
This program will provide a summary of handling a condemnation case under the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code from the perspectives of both condemnor and condemnee. The discussion will focus on best practices for preparing and filing a Declaration of Taking, filing challenges to a taking, an overview of the damages to which condemnees are entitled and the presentation of evidence before a Board of Viewers or Court.

Date Recorded: December 9, 2021

Speakers: Peter Schnore

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Practice Area: Real Property
1:05:23

Conquer Law School Debt and Get on with Your Life

According to a recent survey from the American Bar Association, more than 75 percent of new and young lawyers have at least $100,000 in student loans at graduation. This debt burden has led to postpon... Read More »
According to a recent survey from the American Bar Association, more than 75 percent of new and young lawyers have at least $100,000 in student loans at graduation. This debt burden has led to postponed life plans, unwanted career paths and emotional angst. This webinar will cover practical methods you can use to avoid costly mistakes, quickly pay down student loans and conquer your law school debt once and for all.

Date Recorded: August 11, 2021

Speakers: Timothy Cummings, Benjamin Lacomis

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:00:47

Consumer Hodgepodge

This session will be a potpourri of consumer topics, ranging from updated student loan case law to the CARES Act and forbearances to mortgage litigation. The panelists will be reviewing and discussing... Read More »
This session will be a potpourri of consumer topics, ranging from updated student loan case law to the CARES Act and forbearances to mortgage litigation. The panelists will be reviewing and discussing various consumer issues related to mortgages, vehicles and other types of claims and issues that attorneys are dealing with on a day to day basis. If you are a consumer bankruptcy practitioner (whether debtor or creditor), you do not want to miss this in-depth session of various topics related to your practice.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Carlota Bohm, Kenny Steinberg, Thomas Reilly, Ronda Winnecour

Moderators: Keri Ebeck

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
57:22

Corporate Law for the Non-Corporate Attorney – In the COVID Economy and Beyond

Learn about common issues for corporate lawyers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and generally. We all know of someone whose business or employment was negatively affected by the economic impacts... Read More »
Learn about common issues for corporate lawyers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and generally. We all know of someone whose business or employment was negatively affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. And, if you haven't had a friend, relative, or acquaintance ask you about the legal implications of these economic impacts yet, you likely will. This program will give attendees the working-knowledge to be able to provide basic guidance and pinpoint potential legal pitfalls when that day comes. Topics to be discussed include:

- The legal impact of PPP loans and the long-term outlook of the PPP program.
- How COVID-19 has impacted Force Majeure clauses.
- What to look for in contract warranties and representations.
- Fundraising transactions for the purchase and sale of companies.

Date Recorded: January 21, 2021

Speakers: Gregory Teufel, Catia Kossovsky

Moderators: Corey Bauer

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1:01:57

Cybersecurity for Lawyers

According to the American Bar Association, 25 percent of law firms experienced a cyber breach in 2021. Cyber attacks are on the rise and continue to destroy businesses and reputations across the count... Read More »
According to the American Bar Association, 25 percent of law firms experienced a cyber breach in 2021. Cyber attacks are on the rise and continue to destroy businesses and reputations across the country. In this webinar, attendees will learn five critical steps needed to protect your firm and confidential client information from malicious cyber attacks. These crucial steps will dramatically increase your overall security stance and will lessen the chances of you becoming a victim to cybercriminals.

Date Recorded: November 15, 2022

Speakers: Tom Kirkham

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
59:04

Demystifying Fees in Bankruptcy: Best Practices for Professionals

Whether you're a non-bankruptcy practitioner considering your first debtor's case, a hardened bankruptcy veteran or a third-party professional retained by the estate, understanding how to get paid is ... Read More »
Whether you're a non-bankruptcy practitioner considering your first debtor's case, a hardened bankruptcy veteran or a third-party professional retained by the estate, understanding how to get paid is a critical skill. While pro bono work is the professional duty of every attorney, nobody wants to find out they've volunteered their time after submitting their invoices.

This seminar will break down the fee process in both consumer and commercial bankruptcies, highlight effective strategies and mistakes to avoid and review relevant topics in recent jurisprudence ranging from fee denials in large chapter 11 cases to access-to-justice implications of deferrals in chapter 7. Featuring a diverse panel of local members of the bench and bar, a prominent professional fee examiner and counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trustee, the program will offer both introductory concepts and sophisticated practical insights to benefit attorneys of every experience level.

Date Recorded: June 18, 2021

Speakers: Hon. Gregory Taddonio, Abagale Steidl, Jodi Hause, Francis Corbett, Prof. Nancy Rapoport

Moderators: George Fitting

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
1:00:01

Depression and the Legal Profession

This program, led by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, addresses the alarming prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders in the legal profession. People are dying because i... Read More »
This program, led by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, addresses the alarming prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders in the legal profession. People are dying because it is too painful to ask for help.

This course dispels the stigma associated with mental health, which is a roadblock to legal professionals reaching out for help. It provides a comprehensive overview of risk factors and symptoms of depression, compelling reasons detailing why attorneys with depression should seek help and intervention strategies for attorneys with colleagues in need of support.

Andrea Farney will be sharing her riveting personal story and journey during this program, which will further emphasize that the stigma associated with mental health is truly an illusion. Finally, the presentation will outline the confidential, free, safe and supportive resources that are available through Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania.

Date Recorded: April 23, 2021

Speakers: Laurie Besden, Andrea Farney

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
59:33

Digital Assets Post RUFADAA

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate on July 13, 2020. Known as RUFADAA, the Act provides a means to allow fiduciaries, including executors ... Read More »
The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate on July 13, 2020. Known as RUFADAA, the Act provides a means to allow fiduciaries, including executors and agents under powers of attorney, to manage digital assets owned by decedents or incapacitated individuals. This program will review the purpose of the Act and how it applies to trusts, estates, powers of attorney and guardianships. The program will also cover planning considerations.

Date Recorded: May 25, 2021

Speakers: Nora Chatha

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
1:25:45

Diversity and Inclusion in Probate and Trust Practice

Join a panel of distinguished speakers for a thoughtful discussion about the lack of diversity in probate and trust law practice and what steps can be taken to improve. The program will include discus... Read More »
Join a panel of distinguished speakers for a thoughtful discussion about the lack of diversity in probate and trust law practice and what steps can be taken to improve. The program will include discussion of the following:

- National law school demographics
- Law school enrollment and barriers encountered by diverse students
- Employment and career development data for diverse and women lawyers
- Diversity initiatives within the profession
- Diversity and inclusion efforts within firms and corporate legal departments
- Creating opportunities for diverse probate and trust lawyers
- Promoting estates and trust practice among diverse lawyers

Date Recorded: December 18, 2020

Speakers: Nicola Henry-Taylor, Quintarra Morant, Tony Thompson, Nancy Conrad, Danielle Conway, Daphne Goldman

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Practice Areas: Diversity & InclusionProbate & Trust
1:01:08

Eating, Sex And Exercise Disorders--When Enough Isn't Enough

Food, sex, exercise – all may involve a variety of commonly enjoyed experiences that are healthy, essential parts of our lives. But when any of them become a major focus in your life, are difficult ... Read More »
Food, sex, exercise – all may involve a variety of commonly enjoyed experiences that are healthy, essential parts of our lives. But when any of them become a major focus in your life, are difficult to control and are disruptive or harmful to you or others, they may be considered part of a compulsive, disordered or addictive behavior. When enough is no longer enough. No matter what it is called or the exact nature of the behavior, if it results in damage to self-esteem, relationships, career or your physical and/or mental health, you may need help to manage it. Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for

Date Recorded: June 17, 2022

Speakers: Mark Flaherty, Mary Mckinney Flaherty

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
1:24:40

Effective Presentation Skills for Legal Professionals

"Do you know how your presentation skills are helping or hurting your success in the courtroom and in your practice? The way people are perceived verbally, vocally and visually are critical to succ... Read More »
"Do you know how your presentation skills are helping or hurting your success in the courtroom and in your practice?

The way people are perceived verbally, vocally and visually are critical to successful communication and achieving professional and personal goals.

In this interactive class, attendees will learn the art and science of successful presentation skills, including how to grab an audience's attention, effectively conveying ideas and overcoming presentation apprehension.

The program also will cover:

10 key points to successful presentation skills
The "Three Vs" of successful communication
Presentation content preparation
How to avoid "Death by PowerPoint"
And more"

Date Recorded: August 25, 2021

Speakers: Anne Linaberger

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
57:30

Effects of Sentencing Law and the Need for Reform

This program will examine various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform, as well as the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on the individuals who were convicted; finding empl... Read More »
This program will examine various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform, as well as the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on the individuals who were convicted; finding employment, for example. The program also will look at the impact on families and communities; finding post-prison employment is just one such example.

Date Recorded: February 22, 2022

Speakers: Prof Jalila Jefferson Bullock

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
52:45

Employment Law Tips for Small Business Employers

This program is designed for non-employment law attorneys who are a small employer themselves, as well as for attorneys who advise businesses with 14 employees or less. Oftentimes, small businesses... Read More »
This program is designed for non-employment law attorneys who are a small employer themselves, as well as for attorneys who advise businesses with 14 employees or less.

Oftentimes, small businesses are unaware of the various employment laws that apply to them. This program is designed to give a quick overview of employment laws that can generally apply to businesses with less than 14 employees including:

• Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
• Pittsburgh Municipal Ordinance
• Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave
• Criminal History Record Information Act
• FLSA
• Wage Payment and Collection Law
• Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act
• Unemployment Compensation
• Medical Marijuana
• Workers' Compensation

Date Recorded: May 28, 2021

Speakers: Rachel McElroy

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsLabor & Employment
55:00

Enrolling in the Medicare System – Not as Simple as You Think

Often, the hardest and most important decisions regarding utilization of the Medicare system arise at the point in which individuals first become eligible to enter Medicare. It might appear to be rela... Read More »
Often, the hardest and most important decisions regarding utilization of the Medicare system arise at the point in which individuals first become eligible to enter Medicare. It might appear to be relatively straightforward, but "when to enter Medicare" and "how to use the system effectively" is, in fact, quite complex (and confusing and frustrating).

During this presentation, renowned Medicare expert William McKendree will examine the rules governing enrollment into Medicare and why individuals may wish to delay enrollment. He also will cover how the process of enrolling into Medicare has become significantly more difficult during the Covid Pandemic.

Date Recorded: May 18, 2021

Speakers: William McKendree

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Practice Areas: Health LawElder Law
58:28

Environmental Law Update - 2020 Year in Review

At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments, and updates every year, and 2020 was no exception. During this program, panelists will ... Read More »
At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments, and updates every year, and 2020 was no exception. During this program, panelists will review significant federal and state environmental law developments from 2020 and look at environmental law issues likely to be on the horizon in 2021.

Specifically, panelists will review and analyze 2020 environmental decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Third Circuit, and 2020 environmental decisions from the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. Additionally, 2020 changes to federal and state environmental regulations and guidance will be discussed, as will the potential impact of key federal and state environmental regulatory changes in the year ahead. The program will be of particular interest to individuals whose practices touch on environmental law, energy law and administrative law.

Date Recorded: January 26, 2021

Speakers: Brandon Coneby, Brian Greenert

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
57:07

Environmental Law Update: 2021 Year in Review

"At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments and updates every year, and 2021 was no exception. During this program, panelists wi... Read More »
"At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments and updates every year, and 2021 was no exception.

During this program, panelists will review significant federal and state environmental law developments from 2021 and look at environmental law issues likely to be on the horizon in 2022. Specifically, panelists will review and analyze 2021 environmental decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Third Circuit, and 2021 environmental decisions from the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. Additionally, 2021 changes to federal and state environmental regulations and guidance will be discussed, as will the potential impact of key federal and state environmental regulatory changes in the year ahead. The program will be of particular interest to individuals whose practices touch on environmental law, energy law and administrative law."

Date Recorded: February 2, 2022

Speakers: Brian Greenert, Brandon Coneby

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
58:41

Equality, Diversity and Cannabis Policy

A panel including policy experts, cannabis entrepreneurs and a legislator will explore the disparate impact of Pennsylvania's criminal laws and cannabis business regulations on minority populations. T... Read More »
A panel including policy experts, cannabis entrepreneurs and a legislator will explore the disparate impact of Pennsylvania's criminal laws and cannabis business regulations on minority populations. Topics to be discussed include equal access to cannabis businesses for communities of color, and social and policy initiatives to address barriers that prevent social and economic equity in the industry.

Date Recorded: June 17, 2021

Speakers: Dionne Kellier, Shanita Penny, Senator Sharif Street

Moderators: Barbara Griffin

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Practice Areas: Medical MarijuanaDiversity & Inclusion
59:46

Estate Administration from the Executor's Perspective

This program will cover executor challenges and liabilities, things to consider when choosing an executor, executor time commitment and duties, descendent identity theft, data preservation and technol... Read More »
This program will cover executor challenges and liabilities, things to consider when choosing an executor, executor time commitment and duties, descendent identity theft, data preservation and technology and estate information security.

Date Recorded: September 21, 2022

Speakers: Charles O'Neill

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54:37

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Working Remotely

Many attorneys in Allegheny County and across the country were forced to work from home for the first time in their careers following Governor Tom Wolf's order closing "non-essential businesses" in Ma... Read More »
Many attorneys in Allegheny County and across the country were forced to work from home for the first time in their careers following Governor Tom Wolf's order closing "non-essential businesses" in March 2020. Nearly a full year later, many lawyers in the area still find themselves working away from their offices more often than not. This CLE will focus on the ethical obligations incumbent on lawyers who are working from locations other than a commercial office and provide some practical considerations and solutions for attorneys continuing to adjust to the proverbial "new normal."

Date Recorded: February 12, 2021

Speakers: Tracey McCants Lewis, Thomas Cocchi

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Practice Areas: GeneralLegal TechnologyLaw Practice Management
1:03:53

Ethical Considerations for Nonprofit Board Service

This program will provide an overview of the non-profit sector, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and ethical and other complications attorneys may face as part of a nonprofit board.... Read More »
This program will provide an overview of the non-profit sector, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and ethical and other complications attorneys may face as part of a nonprofit board.

Date Recorded: March 23, 2021

Speakers: Lawrence Castner, Hayley Haldeman, Jean Novak

Moderators: Richard Ernsberger

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Practice Areas: Arts and the LawNonprofit LawGeneral
57:27

Ethics Issues in the Handling and Production of Criminal and Civil Evidence

""My client just handed me the murder weapon." "My client in a civil case just handed me a tape of an illegally recorded phone conversation." When attorneys encounter these scenarios, do you hav... Read More »
""My client just handed me the murder weapon."

"My client in a civil case just handed me a tape of an illegally recorded phone conversation."

When attorneys encounter these scenarios, do you have a duty to turn it over, despite the risk of incrimination? Don't rely on Perry Mason for ethics advice. Sign up for this one-hour program featuring ACBA Professional Ethics Committee members John Riordan and Adrian Roe along with Samuel Napoli with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel."

Date Recorded: September 23, 2021

Speakers: John Riordan, Samuel Napoli, Adrian Roe

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:00:16

Executive Compensation Benefits

"One of the many responsibilities for law firms is to understand the amount of time and money it requires to recruit and onboard new attorneys and other employees. The search entails finding a candida... Read More »
"One of the many responsibilities for law firms is to understand the amount of time and money it requires to recruit and onboard new attorneys and other employees. The search entails finding a candidate with the right experience, education and work ethic and one who is a good cultural fit. That's no easy task, especially when the search is for a key executive. Law firms and their clients want to avoid or reduce the time and expense related to recruiting, hiring and training.

Protect your firm – or help protect your clients – by establishing a plan to retain key employees by implementing a competitive executive benefits program. Executive benefits consist of an additional layer of offerings on top of traditional employee benefit programs, such as a company-sponsored retirement plan (401k) or health care insurance. There are various types of executive benefit programs that can include compensation bonuses, often with tax benefits to both the employer and the employee. Additionally, these programs have no government regulations."

Date Recorded: August 25, 2021

Speakers: William Wolfe, Robert Fragasso

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:27:50

Explaining the Eviction Moratorium

This presentation will discuss the CDC's rule-making authority and how it was exercised in regard to the CDC's Eviction Moratorium. Speakers will provide a brief overview of the local and state morato... Read More »
This presentation will discuss the CDC's rule-making authority and how it was exercised in regard to the CDC's Eviction Moratorium. Speakers will provide a brief overview of the local and state moratoriums, their effects on evictions and how they were challenged prior to the creation of the CDC's Moratorium. Most importantly, the presentation will cover the U.S. Supreme Court case "Alabama Assn. Of Realtors v. Department of Health" and the subsequent impact that the case has had on any future attempt at a Federal Moratorium.

Date Recorded: June 3, 2022

Speakers: Bradley Dornish, Tina Batra Hershey

Moderators: Eric Dingess

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Practice Area: Real Property
58:25

False Claims Act 101 for Employment Lawyers

"This one-hour CLE program will provide an introduction to False Claims Act qui tam litigation for employment lawyers. The program will cover: False Claims Act (FCA) 101 for employment lawyers Nuts... Read More »
"This one-hour CLE program will provide an introduction to False Claims Act qui tam litigation for employment lawyers. The program will cover:
False Claims Act (FCA) 101 for employment lawyers
Nuts and bolts of handling FCA claims
How does an employer violate the False Claims Act?
How can an employee bring a False Claims Act case against an employer on behalf of the government?
Are False Claims Act whistleblowers protected from retaliation? In what context?"

Date Recorded: August 3, 2022

Speakers: Eva Gunasekera, Renee Brooker

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:00:23

Five Steps to Protect Your Firm from Catastrophic Cyber Attacks

In this webinar, an expert from IronTech Security will cover how a single cyber attack can put your law firm out of business and five critical steps to protect yourself. These five crucial steps will ... Read More »
In this webinar, an expert from IronTech Security will cover how a single cyber attack can put your law firm out of business and five critical steps to protect yourself. These five crucial steps will dramatically increase your overall security stance and will lessen the chances of being hit by a malicious cyber attack, which are on the rise and continue to destroy businesses and reputations.

Date Recorded: May 10, 2022

Speakers: Tom Kirkham

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
59:09

Forensic Accounting Concepts and Considerations for Lawyers

This course will provide an overview of relevant fundamental forensic accounting and accounting concepts for lawyers. The program will cover generally accepted accounting principles, key financial sta... Read More »
This course will provide an overview of relevant fundamental forensic accounting and accounting concepts for lawyers. The program will cover generally accepted accounting principles, key financial statements and the stories they tell, reviewing the accounting cycle and equation, and an overview of techniques for forensic accounting analysis. The program also will include effective methods to obtain, cull and analyze the vast landscape of data.

Date Recorded: June 23, 2021

Speakers: James Carroll, John Petrancosta, Garry Pate

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Practice Area: General
55:10

Forensic Meteorology in Personal Injury

"Personal injury cases are complex, and when the weather is involved, a forensic meteorologist can reconstruct the weather conditions at a specific time and place. This CLE will explain what forensic ... Read More »
"Personal injury cases are complex, and when the weather is involved, a forensic meteorologist can reconstruct the weather conditions at a specific time and place. This CLE will explain what forensic meteorology is and how it often relates to a personal injury case.

Panelists will discuss the data forensic meteorologists rely on and the pitfalls of free weather data available online. The program will discuss a recent court ruling from the Delaware Supreme Court, which struck a meteorology opinion from a civil engineer in a slip-in-fall case.

The program also will cover how forensic meteorologists reconstruct the weather and showcase real-life personal injury cases such as slip-in-falls, vehicle accidents and wind-related accidents."

Date Recorded: November 3, 2022

Speakers: Bob Smerbeck, John Lavin, Steve Wistar

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
57:40

From Surviving to Thriving Modern Tools for Law Firms

U.S. productivity in the second and third quarters of 2020 rose 10.6 and 4.6 percent, respectively, marking the largest six-month productivity gain since 1965. It's no coincidence that this surge occu... Read More »
U.S. productivity in the second and third quarters of 2020 rose 10.6 and 4.6 percent, respectively, marking the largest six-month productivity gain since 1965. It's no coincidence that this surge occurred during the Coronavirus pandemic. Sudden workplace shifts, when forced upon the labor market, locked the lid on the pressure cooker, and innovations that would have taken years to implement when "time allowed," suddenly took hold – and to great effect. As it turns out, it wasn't that hard to change, after all, was it?

Catapulted out of their offices and into their homes for remote work, attorneys have been forced to face-off with the "new normal" where marketing, intake, case management, billing and other elements of their law practices don't work like they once did. But for an underdog industry long seen as "behind the times," lacking the technical prowess of other faster-moving sectors, the legal industry has displayed remarkable gusto and resilience.

In this session, five experts from leading legal technology, casework and marketing solution providers will provide a rundown of the highest-impact changes attorneys can make in their firms right now to not just survive, but thrive. After all, resilience may be sufficient to sustain firms in the short run, but in the long run, substantial business growth – best achieved through incremental, intentional changes – is what's truly desired.

Focusing on your profits and your productivity, the panel will cover:

• How to take advantage of legal practice management software, including key workflows and integrations
• New marketing tactics, channels and trends to capitalize on – plus, current marketing strategies to de-emphasize
• New business models that center on non-hourly fees, leverage freelance lawyers and expand profit margins
• Screening, scheduling and intake systems that move better potential clients into your book of business, faster
• Billing and payment solutions that help attorneys capture more earnings, automatically

Date Recorded: June 17, 2021

Speakers: Maddy Martin, Nefra MacDonald, Jordan Turk, Mark Homer, Kristin Tyler

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologyLaw Practice Management
1:00:15

From the Courthouse to the Beach House

reparing for retirement can be a daunting task. Attorneys who are just out of law school and those planning to retire in the next few years will want to attend this seminar and discuss some of the mos... Read More »
reparing for retirement can be a daunting task. Attorneys who are just out of law school and those planning to retire in the next few years will want to attend this seminar and discuss some of the most salient tips for getting ready for that momentous date. Specific topics include the appropriate investment vehicles, Social Security and Medicare, tips for saving toward retirement and more.

This seminar will be an investment of your time that will pay dividends for your future."

Date Recorded: September 28, 2022

Speakers: Ed Lettieri, Skylar Riddle, Bevin Baker, Thomas Crowley

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:32:22

Fundraising and the Law

"This program will cover legal considerations for fundraising by nonprofit organizations. Specific topics to be covered will include: Restricted vs. unrestricted funds Fundraising over the Interne... Read More »
"This program will cover legal considerations for fundraising by nonprofit organizations. Specific topics to be covered will include:

Restricted vs. unrestricted funds
Fundraising over the Internet, including through social media and online retailers
The opportunities and pitfalls for a nonprofit/tax-exempt organization in fundraising
The various fundraising methodologies that are available to nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations
Tips for structuring and advising a fundraising program in a legally sound manner
Charitable organizations contributing to organizations and charitable causes located in countries outside of the U.S. Attorneys representing nonprofit organizations would benefit on these topics to assist their clients. Professionals from nonprofit organizations would gain information helpful to them in their efforts. Attorneys serving on nonprofit boards would also benefit from the presentation.

Specifics to be covered include:

How POs and NPOs are prepared according to the Third Circuit's Internal Operating Procedures
The binding nature of POs on subsequent panels and on district courts
The varying degrees of persuasive authority accorded to NPOs by Pennsylvania courts, district courts and subsequent panels of the Third Circuit
Motions to designate NPOs as precedential
Practical "dos and don'ts" for practitioners citing Third Circuit POs and NPOs in their own cases
This program is ideal for general practitioners, as well as those wishing to learn more about appellate practice. Individuals attending the program will gain a clear understanding of why the precedential or not precedential status of a Third Circuit opinion matters, and of why both types of opinions can add value to any advocate's toolbox."

Date Recorded: June 1, 2022

Speakers: Susan Ott, Terese Connerton, Michael Dutkovich

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Practice Area: Nonprofit Law
1:00:30

Gambling: The Secret Addiction

Substance abuse isn't the only form of addiction. Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders among me... Read More »
Substance abuse isn't the only form of addiction. Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. What about that "other" addiction – Gambling?

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy vs. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, Pennsylvania had added online gambling accessible by cell phone, computer and tablets, thus becoming the second largest commercial gambling state outside of Nevada. With it came the compulsive gambler.

This program will explore not only gambling disorder, but also the connection between gambling and the more well-known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. This problem has only been exacerbated by the stress, anxiety and isolation caused by the Coronavirus crisis. The results are startling.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss the issue, including the following specifics:

- The early warning signs of impairment and how they relate to gambling disorders. Special attention will be given to the connection between Coronavirus and its impact on social isolation, stress, anxiety, depression and gambling disorders.
- The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
- A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided.
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction an d mental illness in the legal profession.
-Special emphasis will be placed on what callers to the LCL Confidential Helpline can expect, regardless of whether it is a self-referral or a request for intervention assistance.

Date Recorded: March 18, 2021

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Areas: GeneralHealth and Wellness
1:01:05

Gambling: The Secret Addiction Part II – Internet and Sports Betting

"In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy v. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, Pennsylvania had added online gambling accessible by cell phone,... Read More »
"In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy v. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, Pennsylvania had added online gambling accessible by cell phone, computer and tablets, thus becoming one of the country's largest gambling revenue producing states. With it came an increase in compulsive gambling.

Then the whole world seemed to stop with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but compulsive gamblers simply moved on to other forms of seeking "action" – via the internet. By the time sports resumed, a new breed of addicted gamblers was anxiously waiting. Now ready, willing and extremely more able to use electronic devices as their preferred gambling format.

This form of addiction can be crippling. This program will explore not only gambling disorder, but also the connection between gambling and more well-known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems.

Specifics to be covered include:

The early warning signs of impairment and how they relate to gambling disorders. Special attention will be given to the connection between COVID-19 and its impact on social isolation, stress, anxiety, depression and gambling disorders.
The impact of the internet and sports betting on problem-gamblers.
The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
A close look at existing barriers that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided and the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
Ethical considerations unique to lawyers who suffer from a gambling disorder."

Date Recorded: March 22, 2022

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Sports Law
1:26:05

Getting Clients to Pay

Typically, lawyers – like all professionals – want to get paid for their work. This program will cover strategies to help attorneys get paid for the services they provide. Specifics to be cover... Read More »
Typically, lawyers – like all professionals – want to get paid for their work. This program will cover strategies to help attorneys get paid for the services they provide.

Specifics to be covered include:

• Best practices for fee agreements and various types of retainers
• Guidelines for safeguarding entrusted funds and property belonging to clients or third parties
• Major factors for collecting attorneys fees on a timely basis
• What an attorney can do ethically if a client refuses to pay agreed upon fees
• Rules governing payment of referral fees and sharing fees with others

Date Recorded: April 22, 2021

Speakers: Gregory Teufel, Tara Hutchinson, Brooke McMorrow

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsGeneral
1:55:25

Getting Sued and Getting Hacked

Cyberattacks are occurring with increasing frequency throughout the legal profession and beyond. Learn how to better protect your firm, and further your clients' interests, by attending this new and i... Read More »
Cyberattacks are occurring with increasing frequency throughout the legal profession and beyond. Learn how to better protect your firm, and further your clients' interests, by attending this new and informative class. Expert faculty will explore topics and issues such as where malpractice claims originate, malpractice insurance policies, how to determine appropriate coverage and selecting a carrier, policy and broker. Panelists also will discuss how a firm can protect itself against a cyberattack and how to be prepared when a cyberattack does occur. Lastly, the program will discuss what cyber insurance covers for a law firm, and what it does not cover.

While this class is designed for members of small and mid-sized firms, members of large firms may find it of interest as well.

Date Recorded: October 12, 2022

Speakers: Mark LeFever

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
57:49

Green Card Renewals

This program will teach attorneys about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and how to complete an I-90 form (which is an application to replace a Green Card). ... Read More »
This program will teach attorneys about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and how to complete an I-90 form (which is an application to replace a Green Card).

Date Recorded: November 28, 2022

Speakers: Nicole Floro, John Cavicchio

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
54:58

Green Card Renewals: Helping Low-Income Immigrants Apply

This CLE is ideal for any attorney interested in helping low-income immigrants obtain a green card. Then, on June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) plans to host a clinic... Read More »
This CLE is ideal for any attorney interested in helping low-income immigrants obtain a green card. Then, on June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) plans to host a clinic at the Squirrel Hill office during which volunteer attorneys will help JFCS clients with the paperwork for their green card renewals.

Date Recorded: May 18, 2022

Speakers: Jamie Englert, John Cavicchio

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
1:01:05

Guidance for Agents Acting Under a Healthcare Power of Attorney

Panelists will discuss considerations that agents acting under a Healthcare Power of Attorney should be aware of. The CLE will provide an overview of some of the legal, moral and medical aspects of he... Read More »
Panelists will discuss considerations that agents acting under a Healthcare Power of Attorney should be aware of. The CLE will provide an overview of some of the legal, moral and medical aspects of healthcare decision making at the end of life.

Date Recorded: May 6, 2022

Speakers: Sister Mary Traupman, Grace Orsatti, Carol Sikov Gross, Justin Yu

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Practice Area: Health Law
59:45

Guide to Representations and Warranties

Hear the latest trends in representation and warranty insurance as you prepare to find coverage in 2022. Along with an examination of updated market trends from the past few quarters, the panel will l... Read More »
Hear the latest trends in representation and warranty insurance as you prepare to find coverage in 2022. Along with an examination of updated market trends from the past few quarters, the panel will look at typical claims covered by RWI, the risks of making deals without RWI and clauses to watch out for in a policy.

Date Recorded: May 19, 2022

Speakers: James Miller, Daniel Posnick

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Practice Area: Business Law
59:33

Helping Clients with Low Incomes Get Divorced

The ACBF Pro Bono Center's Divorce Law Project (DLP) helps individuals with low incomes attain simple divorces with assistance from volunteer attorneys. Attendees will learn how to handle an uncontest... Read More »
The ACBF Pro Bono Center's Divorce Law Project (DLP) helps individuals with low incomes attain simple divorces with assistance from volunteer attorneys. Attendees will learn how to handle an uncontested divorce from filing the compliant through obtaining the final decree. Topics include the grounds and procedures for divorce in Pa., the scope of pro bono representation, electronic and in-person filing and best practices for representing DLP clients.

Date Recorded: April 8, 2022

Speakers: Patricia Jones, Barbara Griffin, P. William Bercik

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Practice Area: Family Law
59:09

How Marijuana Can Alter Judgment, Perception and Behavior

This course is designed to help participants understand the effects of marijuana use, how those effects relate to driving impairment and how toxicology can help to understand test results relative to ... Read More »
This course is designed to help participants understand the effects of marijuana use, how those effects relate to driving impairment and how toxicology can help to understand test results relative to drug use and impairment. Those attending the course also will gain a better understanding of the controversies surrounding the current legal thresholds – and the science supporting them – so that liability may be more clearly identified

Date Recorded: September 21, 2021

Speakers: Christopher Spaeth

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Practice Area: Medical Marijuana
49:15

How Smaller Firms Can Pack a Bigger Marketing Punch

This presentation will cover how smaller law firms can market their practices to safeguard referrals, keeping? their firms top of mind with current and past clients as well as position their firm to r... Read More »
This presentation will cover how smaller law firms can market their practices to safeguard referrals, keeping? their firms top of mind with current and past clients as well as position their firm to reach new legal consumers. Presenters also will educate small firms on how they can be more profitable using new tools to the small law firm space – not only when reacting to new client inquiries but also in being proactive to current client's needs.

Date Recorded: September 29, 2021

Speakers: Mark Melago, Bryan Barto

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
59:39

How to Advocate for Children with Disabilities

This program will cover what individualized education plans (IEPs) are and how they can benefit families with children with disabilities. The goal of the CLE will be to educate attendees about how to ... Read More »
This program will cover what individualized education plans (IEPs) are and how they can benefit families with children with disabilities. The goal of the CLE will be to educate attendees about how to conduct IEP meetings. Additionally, it will cover partnering with Pitt Law to get referrals to help families who could use pro bono attorneys when advocating for their children.

Date Recorded: January 31, 2022

Speakers: Tomar Pierson Brown

Moderators: Taylor Mosley

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Practice Area: Family Law
58:25

How to Comply with Rule 8.4(g) and Advance Professionalism

"This program will cover the current status and impact of the proposed new anti-bias and harassment amendment to the Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) in the legal profession. Partners and law fi... Read More »
"This program will cover the current status and impact of the proposed new anti-bias and harassment amendment to the Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) in the legal profession.

Partners and law firm leaders are encouraged to join a panel of partners and experts to better understand both the technicalities and the practical implementation of the Rule. This webinar CLE session is structured as a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Ashley London of Duquesne University School of Law, allowing for plenty of questions and robust conversation in this ever evolving and highly important aspect of our rules of ethics and of our profession.

This is the first of a two-part CLE discussing the proposed amendment. The second portion will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10. There is no prerequisite to attend either installment.

*NOTE* We request that you encourage your associates to attend Part Two of the CLE on Feb. 10, where fellow associate-level attorneys, seasoned presenters on implicit bias and members of bar association resources will speak about navigating the still difficult landscape of the legal industry."

Date Recorded: February 3, 2022

Speakers: Thomas Farrell, Deborah Winokur, Ashley London, Holly Whalen

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
58:59

How to Manage Your Student Loan Debt in 2022

"Student loans are a hot topic, particularly when it comes to law school debt. The Education Data Initiative reported that the average amount that law students borrow to attend law school is $118,400.... Read More »
"Student loans are a hot topic, particularly when it comes to law school debt. The Education Data Initiative reported that the average amount that law students borrow to attend law school is $118,400.

If you owe student loans yourself, then you may be wondering how to best manage them. Join national speaker Joshua Cohen, a/k/a "The Student Loan Lawyer," as he provides tips and information on important topics such as understanding the differences between federal and private student loans, how to create a payment plan, loan forgiveness options and new initiatives from the Biden administration."

Date Recorded: March 23, 2022

Speakers: Joshua Cohen

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Practice Area: School & Municipal
54:42

Immigration Law Trends – From Trump to Biden

This program will provide an overview of trends in immigration law, both substantive and procedural, under the Trump and Biden administrations. Many changes have been substantive, including asylum law... Read More »
This program will provide an overview of trends in immigration law, both substantive and procedural, under the Trump and Biden administrations. Many changes have been substantive, including asylum law and employment visas, but other changes have been procedural. The Biden administration has already moved to reverse many Trump policies. Other changes, such as comprehensive immigration reform, remain on the table.

Date Recorded: May 10, 2021

Speakers: Katherine Drabecki, Adrian Roe, Matthew Phillips

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
1:01:19

Imposter Syndrome in the Legal Profession

""What am I doing here? I don't belong." "I'm a total fraud and, sooner or later, everyone's going to find out." Imposter syndrome – also called "perceived fraudulence" – involves feelings o... Read More »
""What am I doing here? I don't belong."

"I'm a total fraud and, sooner or later, everyone's going to find out."

Imposter syndrome – also called "perceived fraudulence" – involves feelings of self-doubt and personal incompetence that persist despite your education, experience and accomplishments. While early studies focused on highly successful women, it is now clear that it can affect anyone in the legal profession – from law students to "big law" executives.

During this program, an experienced speaker will discuss the impact of the untimely death of his mentor and how trying to "fill his shoes" became more than a job, it took over his life. The consequences were a decades-long effort to cope with and then conceal those feelings with alcohol and drugs.

Living in constant fear of discovery, those with imposter syndrome often strive for perfection in everything they do. They might feel guilty or worthless when they can't achieve it, not to mention burned out and overwhelmed by your continued efforts. The results can be devastating."

Date Recorded: August 25, 2022

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
56:34

Intellectual Property Pitfalls in Corporate Transactions

This program will address intellectual property misconceptions and corresponding pitfalls that arise in corporate transactions. These include the scope of the "work made for hire" concept, the proper ... Read More »
This program will address intellectual property misconceptions and corresponding pitfalls that arise in corporate transactions. These include the scope of the "work made for hire" concept, the proper use of intellectual property symbols/notices, the application of United States intellectual property rights outside of the U.S., due diligence considerations, the proper use of trade secrets and critical provisions in non-disclosure agreements.

Date Recorded: April 26, 2022

Speakers: David Oberdick

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Practice Area: Business Law
54:42

Intro to Pro Bono: How to Start Volunteering Today

Following a difficult year, pro bono attorneys are needed now more than ever. This CLE is for anyone who is interested in volunteering their services but isn't quite sure where to begin. The program w... Read More »
Following a difficult year, pro bono attorneys are needed now more than ever. This CLE is for anyone who is interested in volunteering their services but isn't quite sure where to begin. The program will offer several bite-size presentations about active pro bono projects that are currently in need of volunteers. Attendees will hear directly from program coordinators about the type of work they do, the time commitment a volunteer can expect and how each project has changed over the past year. Attendees will also learn how to get started and have a chance to ask any questions they may have about volunteering and pro bono work.

Date Recorded: June 17, 2021

Speakers: Barbara Kern, Gregory Vose, Antoinette Oliver, Edward Stokan, John Cavicchio, Barbara Griffin

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Practice Area: Pro Bono
59:49

Intro to Western District Veterans Court

The CLE will provide an overview of the Western District of Pennsylvania Veterans Court including the history, formation, operation, rules and procedures of the federal veterans court program. The CLE... Read More »
The CLE will provide an overview of the Western District of Pennsylvania Veterans Court including the history, formation, operation, rules and procedures of the federal veterans court program. The CLE will discuss the program's requirements, challenges and successes as well as the requirements for people to become mentors.

Date Recorded: May 20, 2022

Speakers: Hon. Mark Hornak, Tamara Collier, Carl Spindler, Marcel Farrish, Ebony Kirkland, Soo Song, Michael Novara, Chris Thompson,

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Practice Area: Government
59:05

Introduction to Taxation of Cryptocurrency and NFTs

This CLE will cover the basics of how cryptocurrency and NFTs are treated for tax purposes. Topics covered will include taxability, tracking basis, fair market value, donations and IRS reporting. ... Read More »
This CLE will cover the basics of how cryptocurrency and NFTs are treated for tax purposes. Topics covered will include taxability, tracking basis, fair market value, donations and IRS reporting.

Date Recorded: May 4, 2022

Speakers: Christine Green

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Practice Area: Taxation
58:37

Job Interviewing Best Practices: What Should Not Happen and What to Do if it Does

This CLE is for anyone who is or plans to be interviewing for a new job in the future. The program will cover what is legal and what is appropriate during the interview/hiring process. Attendees will ... Read More »
This CLE is for anyone who is or plans to be interviewing for a new job in the future. The program will cover what is legal and what is appropriate during the interview/hiring process. Attendees will learn related substantive law from an experienced employment law practitioner and hear from a panel of young lawyers and advisors about real life interviewing perils and pitfalls. Attendees also will work through scenarios with the presenters during this interactive session.

At the end of this session, attendees will come away prepared to handle any potentially inappropriate or illegal interview tactics with professionalism and integrity.

Date Recorded: April 15, 2021

Speakers: Jean Novak, Asra Hashmi, Taylor Gillan

Moderators: Alysia Keating

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Practice Areas: GeneralLabor & Employment
1:01:15

Labor and The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Fate of the NLRB

Ripped from the pages of "The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of Amercia," this program will cover the remarkable story of how two Pittsburgh lawyers came to argue the U.S. Supreme Court ... Read More »
Ripped from the pages of "The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of Amercia," this program will cover the remarkable story of how two Pittsburgh lawyers came to argue the U.S. Supreme Court case that sustained the National Labor Relations Board as the arbiter of collective labor activity in the United States. This case came against the backdrop of an economic depression, intense labor strife and a president's threat to pack the court. The historical discussion will be followed by a moderated discussion by two noted Pittsburgh labor lawyers about the future of the NLRB.

Date Recorded: January 29, 2021

Speakers: Ronald Schuler, Joseph Hornack, Joseph Quinn

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:31:07

Lead Generation and Conversion

"Can't find clients? Can't find the right clients? Can't turn prospective clients into paying clients? This CLE can help. This program is geared towards lawyers at firms of all sizes who want to gr... Read More »
"Can't find clients? Can't find the right clients? Can't turn prospective clients into paying clients?

This CLE can help. This program is geared towards lawyers at firms of all sizes who want to grow their book of business the smart way. Topics to be covered include consultations, setting fees, staying organized and ethical issues such as conflicts of interests."

Date Recorded: December 2, 2021

Speakers: Whitney Hughes, Mark Melago, Darth M. Newman, Daniel Lynch

Moderators: Rachel McElroy, Ryan Very

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
2:45:33

Legal Issues Selling Real Estate Involving Oil and Gas

The course will address the numerous legal considerations relative to the listing and sale of properties which has (or may have) gas, oil and mineral rights. In this program, attorney Brad Dornish ... Read More »
The course will address the numerous legal considerations relative to the listing and sale of properties which has (or may have) gas, oil and mineral rights.

In this program, attorney Brad Dornish will cover the history of oil and gas rights in Pa., as well as advising clients completing the oil, gas and mineral rights disclosure and addendum to the agreement of sale. Additionally, the program covers excepting and reserving oil, gas and mineral rights in Pennsylvania deeds, title insurance, relocation transactions, and protecting buyers and sellers in transactions.

Date Recorded: February 23, 2021

Speakers: Bradley Dornish

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:58:07

Local Civil Rules for Allegheny County and Other Western Pa. Counties

"This program will provide updated written materials on the local rules of civil procedure in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania where ACBA member attorneys practice... Read More »
"This program will provide updated written materials on the local rules of civil procedure in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania where ACBA member attorneys practice.

Specifically, the CLE will cover local rules for motions practice (i.e., POs and MSJ) and local rules for trial listing and pre-trial procedures. Additionally, the program will cover local rules for discovery and discovery motion practice, local rules for filing of writs of summons and complaints and local rules for service of writs of summons and complaints. Knowledge and application of these local rules is essential to the proper and effective representation of clients in litigation."

Date Recorded: January 12, 2022

Speakers: Thomas Zumpella, Scott Redman

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Practice Area: Government
59:39

Maintaining a Work-Life Balance in Uncertain Times

You are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether on television, social media, or in your community networks. At uncertain times like this, anxiety, stress, fear and neg... Read More »
You are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether on television, social media, or in your community networks. At uncertain times like this, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control. You may be worried about being in crowds, your loved ones, your seniors, your office, your clients, your finances or how to manage whatever the future holds as we prepare to return to the "new normal" in our personal and professional lives.

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like those we are facing as a society will have an even greater impact on lawyers and those who work with them.

In light of this unprecedented crisis, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will cover the following topics:

-The prevalence rates of impairment in the legal profession due to substance use and mental health issues prior to COVID-19
-Causes and symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety
-The impact of COVID-19 crisis on mental health issues and the role isolation plays
-Fear associated with the uncertainty surrounding the future of the legal industry
-Well-being strategies to reduce or alleviate these conditions
-Tips for maintaining a healthy and productive work/life balance
-Ethical dilemmas created by the Coronavirus crisis, including remote supervision of attorneys and staff, record and timekeeping, data security and confidentiality in the remote office setting.
-Why legal professionals are at higher risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders
-Challenges and barriers facing legal professionals from seeking help
-The free, confidential services provided by Lawyers Assistance Programs to lawyers, their family members, judges and law students
-The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession
-Resources available to both lawyers and support staff with emphasis on COVID-19 issues

Date Recorded: February 4, 2021

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Areas: Health and WellnessGeneral
1:19:15

Making Sense of Medicare – Understanding the Medicare System

This presentation is an overview of the Medicare system and how it can be used effectively to obtain affordable quality health services. William McKendree – who is highly regarded for his Medicare k... Read More »
This presentation is an overview of the Medicare system and how it can be used effectively to obtain affordable quality health services. William McKendree – who is highly regarded for his Medicare knowledge – will examine the following topics:


- Medicare's eligibility and enrollment criteria
-The various parts that comprise the Medicare system
- How these parts function and interact with each other and coordinate with non-Medicare health care benefits
- How to compare and evaluate the available options to achieve the most effective and affordable health care coverage.

Date Recorded: April 13, 2021

Speakers: William McKendree

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Practice Area: Health Law
1:00:00

Malpractice and Cyber Liability Insurance Considerations

Every lawyer needs malpractice insurance, and in this day and age, cyber liability insurance goes hand-in-hand with malpractice. During this CLE, a knowledgeable panel from the ACBA Insurance partn... Read More »
Every lawyer needs malpractice insurance, and in this day and age, cyber liability insurance goes hand-in-hand with malpractice.

During this CLE, a knowledgeable panel from the ACBA Insurance partners at USI Affinity will discuss lawyers professional liability insurance, including what to look for in a policy and what coverages will be important post-pandemic. How to avoid risk and specific risk management best practices for law firms also will be discussed.

The panel also will discuss why cyber liability insurance is important for lawyers. Speakers will review cyber liability exposures for law firms and cover how to protect your firm against cyber-attacks.

USI Affinity is pleased to provide an additional benefit for select ACBA CLE programs. Simply complete the information form that will be emailed with the materials, and you may qualify for up to a 7.5% risk management credit per lawyer on your next CNA Lawyers' Professional Liability Insurance renewal, endorsed by the ACBA. The credit will be applied at the next renewal date and is good for two consecutive policy terms.

Date Recorded: February 24, 2021

Speakers: Michelle Logan, Mark LeFever

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Practice Areas: GeneralLaw Practice Management
1:01:50

Mediation 101

"In the past 20 years, mediation has gained such wide acceptance that effective representation of clients in a mediation is now an essential legal skill. During this program, a distinguished panel of ... Read More »
"In the past 20 years, mediation has gained such wide acceptance that effective representation of clients in a mediation is now an essential legal skill. During this program, a distinguished panel of speakers, a federal magistrate judge, an in-house counsel with extensive mediation advocacy experience and a well-known mediation trainer, will survey the field and share some essential "need to knows" to help you become more effective in mediations.

In addition to taking questions from the floor, the panel will also discuss the following topics:

What exactly is mediation?
What to expect in your first mediation?
How do mediators charge for their services?
What are some of the important distinctions between mediation, judicial conciliation and early neutral evaluation?
What's the best stage to engage in mediation?
Is pre-mediation discovery really necessary?
How to select your mediator
Confidentiality, caucusing, ex parte communication, potential conflicts of interest and a mediator's duty to disclose
How to prepare your client for a successful mediation
How to draft effective mediation statements
Mediation do's and don'ts
Best practices for drafting a mediation settlement agreement
From mediation newbie to experienced mediation advocate, this program has something to offer to everyone."

Date Recorded: April 6, 2022

Speakers: Hon. Lisa Lenihan, Michael Feeney, Selina Schultz

Moderators: Jared Simmer

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
2:00:28

Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Disability

"This program will focus on the medical benefits that are often associated with the receipt of Social Security Disability and/or supplemental security income cash benefits. Specifics to be covered inc... Read More »
"This program will focus on the medical benefits that are often associated with the receipt of Social Security Disability and/or supplemental security income cash benefits. Specifics to be covered include:

A review of the timing and application for these medical benefits
A discussion of what Medicare covers and what it does not
Pros and cons of traditional Medicare vs. a Medicare Advantage Program for clients
Medicaid benefits – income and resource limits
Medicaid and Medicare: Medicaid v Medicare, a practical discussion
Ethical concerns arising during the course of representation
This program will serve as a primer for newer practitioners and a review for well experienced practitioners."

Date Recorded: November 9, 2022

Speakers: Glenn Sinko, Evan Wolfson, Lynn Doering, Katherine McKee

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Practice Area: Government
1:59:34

Medical Evidence in Social Security

"This program will focus on the practical and ethical aspects of identifying, gathering, presenting and arguing a claimant's medical evidence in support of an award of Social Security benefits. Topics... Read More »
"This program will focus on the practical and ethical aspects of identifying, gathering, presenting and arguing a claimant's medical evidence in support of an award of Social Security benefits. Topics for the panel discussion will include:

A review of the rules requiring submission of medical evidence
The benefits of a pre-hearing or post-hearing memorandum
A review of the Social Security Rules outlining how medical evidence is considered
How to discuss medical evidence with your client; Ethical concerns in the development and presentation of medical evidence
Costs of gathering medical records and reports
This program will serve as a primer for newer attorneys and a review for well-experienced practitioners."

Date Recorded: February 9, 2022

Speakers: Frank Gryznski, M. Elizabeth Williams, Hon. William Kenworthy, Barbara Manna

Moderators: Glenn Sinko

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
1:35:53

Medicare Part D: Don't be Blindsided by Prescription Drug Coverage Changes

Medicare Part D has been quietly but significantly changed in a way that will cost users tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) for prescription drugs. What changes have been made? What did the pr... Read More »
Medicare Part D has been quietly but significantly changed in a way that will cost users tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) for prescription drugs. What changes have been made? What did the prior law cover? How did these changes occur? Whether for clients, yourself or your loved ones, you won't want to miss this deep-dive into Medicare Part D to understand the dramatic shift away from coverage for life-sustaining prescription drugs.

Date Recorded: January 21, 2022

Speakers: William McKendree

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Practice Area: Health Law
54:03

Medicare Simplified: What Retirees Need to Know about Medicare

Medicare Simplified is all about demystifying Medicare for retirees. The program will cover the following: - The various aspects of Medicare - The difference between Medigap and Medicare Advantage... Read More »
Medicare Simplified is all about demystifying Medicare for retirees. The program will cover the following:

- The various aspects of Medicare
- The difference between Medigap and Medicare Advantages plans
- Tips to help you discover which plan might be appropriate for you and your clients
- How much you and your clients can expect to pay for your health coverage during retirement
- How to minimize your total health insurance cost during retirement
- The laws which started Medicare and Medicaid, the laws that govern IRMAA charges for both Part B and Part D and how to go about appealing those IRMAA charges

Date Recorded: December 7, 2020

Speakers: Ashby Daniels

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Practice Areas: GeneralHealth LawElder Law
1:00:13

Medication Misadventures

Adverse drug reactions occur nearly every day and despite their dangers, they are not always obvious or reported. The scenario of a patient starting a new drug and developing well-known side effects i... Read More »
Adverse drug reactions occur nearly every day and despite their dangers, they are not always obvious or reported. The scenario of a patient starting a new drug and developing well-known side effects is a very cut and dry scenario. Such a scenario is the most straightforward; however, it is not the one we hear about most often. During this program, toxicology expert Allison Muller will discuss some scenarios to be aware of that should send up a red flag that harm may have been done to a patient due to a medication. For attorneys, there are several questions to explore and medical resources to browse when reviewing the details of a possible medication-related case. Attorneys can do their own investigation before considering a consultation with a medical expert.

This program will cover types of medication errors and three "red flags" indicating that there may have been an adverse drug reaction. Attendees will be able to identify patients at higher risk for medication harm and learn about resources available for information on medications.

Date Recorded: April 27, 2022

Speakers: Dr. Allison Muller

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Practice Area: Personal Injury
1:03:22

Mentoring, Training and Advancement of New and Junior Women Attorneys

Women lawyers are leaving their jobs in record numbers. While women lawyers have gained equal access to the legal profession at the ground level, they have yet to reach a similar level in the upper ec... Read More »
Women lawyers are leaving their jobs in record numbers. While women lawyers have gained equal access to the legal profession at the ground level, they have yet to reach a similar level in the upper echelons of law firm practice. This program will provide a summary of the many obstacles women face in the development of their law firm careers. The program also will explore concrete ways that law firms can maximize young women lawyers' opportunities to build skills, professional demeanor and self confidence in the workplace and have the same successes in the firm as male attorneys.

Date Recorded: March 3, 2022

Speakers: Ena Lebel, Jean Novak, Asra Hashmi, Taylor Gillan, Terry Connerton

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:12

Moving Beyond The Pandemic 9-5--Successful Alternative Work Arrangements

The pandemic forced lawyers to try new ways of working, including extensive remote work. The results showed the efficacy of arrangements that were previously considered alternative, but are now mainst... Read More »
The pandemic forced lawyers to try new ways of working, including extensive remote work. The results showed the efficacy of arrangements that were previously considered alternative, but are now mainstream. Moving forward, what is next? How should employers adapt to new ways of working and focus on retaining talent, including finding ways to effectively train and mentor junior attorneys? How can lawyers advocate for effective alternative arrangements – for themselves, but also for the workplace generally? What are some strategies for successful remote, in-person and hybrid work arrangements, especially when there are many different approaches within the same office? What are lessons learned and best practices from the pandemic era? In particular, how could alternative work arrangements affect the advancement and retention of women in the profession? Panelists from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives will discuss issues surrounding alternative ways of working in a working environment that is not going to revert entirely to pre-pandemic conditions.

Date Recorded: June 16, 2024

Speakers: Asra Hashmi, Hon. Michael McCarthy, Donald Bluedorn, Sarah Itzkoff

Moderators: Elizabeth Hughes

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:02:06

Navigating Employee Stock Option Plans

Do you advise a client where a sizeable portion of their compensation is represented by an employee stock option plan? Before exercising these options, there is much to consider, such as vesting sched... Read More »
Do you advise a client where a sizeable portion of their compensation is represented by an employee stock option plan? Before exercising these options, there is much to consider, such as vesting schedules, hedging, wealth transfers and tax implications. In this seminar, two financial representatives who are Certified Private Wealth Advisors® will analyze these critical considerations and aid you in identifying the various courses of action in order to benefit your client.

Date Recorded: April 14, 2021

Speakers: Brandon Schwan, Michael Fertig

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:59:34

Navigating PA Real Estate Licensees Duties to Buyers and Sellers

  For the last 25-plus years, confusion has existed as to what actual, legal relationships (fiduciary and otherwise) may exist between a real estate licensee and a buyer and/or seller of real estate... Read More »
 
For the last 25-plus years, confusion has existed as to what actual, legal relationships (fiduciary and otherwise) may exist between a real estate licensee and a buyer and/or seller of real estate. This confusion continues today, on a local, regional and national level. With both local and national speakers, this class will address:

- The "Agency Mess" on a local, regional and national level
- The various fiduciary and non-fiduciary duties that can/cannot exist in a real estate transaction
- The impact on a real estate transaction the noted confusion it can have
-The impact these various relationships can have in litigation involving a real estate transaction.
- Education efforts, locally, regionally and nationally, to educate the real estate "consumer" on these various relationships and corresponding duties

Date Recorded: March 24, 2021

Speakers: Steven Brobeck, Jonathan Freed, Tom Wemett, Bradley Dornish, Manasseh Lapin

Moderators: Kevin Brown

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Practice Area: Real Property
56:55

New Issues in Intellectual Property

A knowledgeable panel will discuss evolving issues in intellectual property, including patent and trademark law basics, trademark exhaustion, patent exhaustion and cross-border issues. The program als... Read More »
A knowledgeable panel will discuss evolving issues in intellectual property, including patent and trademark law basics, trademark exhaustion, patent exhaustion and cross-border issues. The program also will cover blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as well as touching on decentralized autonomous organizations, a new form of corporate governance that relies on smart contracts and blockchain record keeping.

Date Recorded: April 25, 2022

Speakers: Mark Zheng, Aparna Nemlekar, Jay Majitov, Alex Yastremski

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
1:59:13

Online Notarization: Remote Trusts and Estates Practice

This program will cover Pennsylvania's new online notarization law and which estate planning documents may be executed through the online notarization process. It also will discuss Allegheny County's ... Read More »
This program will cover Pennsylvania's new online notarization law and which estate planning documents may be executed through the online notarization process. It also will discuss Allegheny County's new remote probate system and the systems in place in surrounding counties. Finally, the program briefly will cover how other states are handling online notarization and document execution, and what may be coming in Pennsylvania.

Date Recorded: April 28, 2022

Speakers: Daniel Seibel, Lisa Dougan, Nathan Catanese

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
1:01:44

Optimizing Your Social Media Presence

Do you use social media just 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 p... Read More »
Do you use social media just 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?" and of course, "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). An expert panel will describe the ins and outs of effective social media outreach and marketing, as well as various tips and tricks for navigating the many social media platforms out there, 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 professional media and learn how to boost your firm's presence on the social media frontier.

Date Recorded: June 15, 2021

Speakers: Shaheen Wallace, Valerie Levanduski

Moderators: Maria Coladonato

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Practice Area: General
1:57:36

Parental Alienation in Custody Cases

"This program will address the issue of parental alienation in terms of its definition, how it should be considered and addressed in custody cases, and appropriate remedies when parental alienation is... Read More »
"This program will address the issue of parental alienation in terms of its definition, how it should be considered and addressed in custody cases, and appropriate remedies when parental alienation issues are present in a case.

Content areas include:

How to define parental alienation
Facts at issue in parental alienation cases
Other factors relating to parental alienation, such as children resisting/refusing custody
Consequences of child estrangement from a parent
Considerations in representing an alienated parent or a parent accused of alienation • How to address parental alienation in terms of remedies
It is critical for attorneys and judges to understand these sensitive issues to avoid bringing additional harm to children involved in these cases."

Date Recorded: March 16, 2022

Speakers: Eric Bernstein, J. Anthony McGroarty, Hon. Kim Eaton, Hon. Kim Clark

Moderators: Robert Weinberg, Meghan Zupanic

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Practice Area: Family Law
2:00:26

Personal Injury Basics for the Non-Tort Lawyer

Learn the basics of handling (or defending) a personal injury, automobile or medical malpractice case. This program will provide non-tort lawyers with the knowledge necessary to evaluate these claims,... Read More »
Learn the basics of handling (or defending) a personal injury, automobile or medical malpractice case. This program will provide non-tort lawyers with the knowledge necessary to evaluate these claims, spot issues and avoid pitfalls in injury-related litigation.

Date Recorded: April 14, 2022

Speakers: Andrew Rothey, Ben Gobel

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Practice Area: Personal Injury
2:02:06

Police Misconduct: Qualified Immunity

Police misconduct cases are more high-profile than ever, and qualified immunity is the single most common defense in cases brought under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and is critical to any analysis of such ... Read More »
Police misconduct cases are more high-profile than ever, and qualified immunity is the single most common defense in cases brought under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and is critical to any analysis of such cases for plaintiffs and defendants alike.

This CLE will address both substantive and ethical concerns relating to qualified immunity. The substantive component will address the creation and prevalence of qualified immunity in police misconduct cases. The ethical component will address when, why and how attorneys should handle qualified immunity in a variety of cases.

Date Recorded: August 19, 2021

Speakers: Alexander Wright, Paul Krepps

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
56:11

Postmortem Toxicology for Attorneys

"The presenter, an expert witness working with attorneys on cases related to drugs, will share information encountered in autopsy reports and other postmortem findings that are trying to tell the stor... Read More »
"The presenter, an expert witness working with attorneys on cases related to drugs, will share information encountered in autopsy reports and other postmortem findings that are trying to tell the story of what happened to a person prior to death. Was there a drug overdose? Was a prescription medication responsible for the fatality? Was the person impaired prior to a fatal accident? Did use of a street drug contribute to the death?

This one-hour session will go over the basics of what attorneys need to know: What happens in the body after death? How do postmortem changes affect drug levels? What are the different sources of drug levels in dead people (and why is eyeball fluid being tested anyway)?

The program will also cover procedural components and careful drafting, causation "due to" vs. "arising out of…" and expressing negligence and fair notice requirements. The presenter also will provide a final checklist for drafting indemnity clauses."

Date Recorded: October 21, 2021

Speakers: Allison Muller

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
57:06

Practical Advice for In-House Attorneys

This is the ideal program for those considering taking on an in-house role or for those who have recently transitioned into being an in-house lawyer. An esteemed panel of leaders will share their i... Read More »
This is the ideal program for those considering taking on an in-house role or for those who have recently transitioned into being an in-house lawyer.

An esteemed panel of leaders will share their insights about being effective in-house attorneys. Specific topics to be covered include:


- Choosing an in-house attorney role
- Cultivating success
- Overcoming challenges as an in-house counsel
- Managing outside counsel
- Practical tips and takeaways

Each panelist will share three things that they wish they knew before going in-house. If you are considering a career as an in-house attorney, this is a CLE you won't want to miss.

Date Recorded: May 17, 2021

Speakers: Aparna Nemlekar, Christina Johansen, Laura Mullen, Elizabeth Hughes

Moderators: Keethri Mundrati

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Practice Area: General
55:46

Practical and Ethical Considerations for a Remote Law Office

This program will focus on the operation of a law practice from a remote location, whether it's your home, your car, a coffee shop or your vacation home in another jurisdiction. A panel will address t... Read More »
This program will focus on the operation of a law practice from a remote location, whether it's your home, your car, a coffee shop or your vacation home in another jurisdiction. A panel will address the practical and ethical aspects lawyers may encounter in this increasingly frequent environment.

Date Recorded: June 23, 2022

Speakers: Thomas Reilly

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:32:48

Practical Pointers On Fees and RPC 1.15

Three members of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel explain various disciplinary pitfalls that have occurred in the criminal division. The speakers will provide insight and knowledge as to keeping an ... Read More »
Three members of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel explain various disciplinary pitfalls that have occurred in the criminal division. The speakers will provide insight and knowledge as to keeping an ethical practice and the difficulties in practicing in the criminal section where being brought before Disciplinary Counsel by disgruntled clients can be normal.

Date Recorded: March 26, 2021

Speakers: Thomas Farrell, Angie Mitas, James Fox

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
57:32

Preparing and Presenting Demonstrative Evidence

Demonstrative evidence can be a major part of a case. What types of tools are out there to be used in presenting this evidence? And what are the ethical considerations? This program will explore th... Read More »
Demonstrative evidence can be a major part of a case. What types of tools are out there to be used in presenting this evidence? And what are the ethical considerations?

This program will explore this topic. Specifics to be covered include:

- Explaining the Differences between Demonstrative Evidence and Demonstrative Aids
- Types of Demonstrative Evidence
- Examples of typical uses, including summaries, timelines
- Law covering demonstrations and simulations
- Themes and Scripts
- Story boards – Simplifying the complex case
- Inexpensive Techniques and use of "Teaching Witness"
- Rulings and Discretion of Trial Judge
- Use of Evidence in Closing Argument
- Learning styles - How to communicate with Judge/Jury
- Ethical Rules governing use of false evidence and Duty to Correct

Date Recorded: December 8, 2020

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Areas: Federal LawCriminal LitigationCivil LitigationGeneral
1:34:09

Preparing to Examine Vocational Experts

The purpose of this program is to explore the role of vocational experts in social security disability hearings, thereby helping the Claimant's attorney to prepare for examination of the vocational ex... Read More »
The purpose of this program is to explore the role of vocational experts in social security disability hearings, thereby helping the Claimant's attorney to prepare for examination of the vocational expert witness. Attendees will hear from experienced Social Security practitioners and from vocational experts. This program will be directed to new and moderately experienced practitioners. Well-seasoned representatives may also obtain a few insights.

Specifics to be covered include:

- Addressing the Claimant's work history and educational history
- Insights on how vocational experts prepare for hearings
- Hearing preparation/vocational expert examination
- Questioning vocational experts at a hearing

Date Recorded: January 25, 2021

Speakers: Leah Fink, Frank Grzywinski, Chales Cohen, Frances Kinley

Moderators: Glen Sinko

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Practice Area: Law & Disability
59:19

Preserving, Extracting and Analyzing Digital Data

"The ever-increasingly digital world enables us to communicate, create and share in expanding ways. Along with the proliferation of collaboration tools and social media platforms comes an explosion of... Read More »
"The ever-increasingly digital world enables us to communicate, create and share in expanding ways. Along with the proliferation of collaboration tools and social media platforms comes an explosion of electronically stored information that lawyers often have a need to preserve, collect and analyze. Join this interactive discussion as experts from bit-x-bit, LLC explore how to defensibly preserve important data sources and explore ways to extract and analyze critical information, including metadata and other digital artifacts that the device or account user may not even realize exists.

These technical lessons can be applied to nearly every legal discipline and will at some point most likely impact your practice."

Date Recorded: November 10, 2022

Speakers: John Unice, Brett Creasy

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
58:41

Pro Bono Service to Support Veterans and Service Members

This program will provide an overview on the Rule of Professional Conduct regarding pro bono service, as well as statements from the judiciary about the importance and need for pro bono service. Neigh... Read More »
This program will provide an overview on the Rule of Professional Conduct regarding pro bono service, as well as statements from the judiciary about the importance and need for pro bono service. Neighborhood Legal Services will provided information about how attorneys can sign up for VetLex to provide pro bono legal services to veterans and service members, as well as the different areas of need that NLS tends to see. The Duquesne University School of Law Veterans Clinic will provide information about its services, the legal needs of veterans who seek out their services and ways for attorneys to support the clinic and local veterans and service members.

Date Recorded: June 18, 2021

Speakers: Wesley Speary, Amy Carpenter, Daniel Kunz

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Practice Area: Pro Bono
3:28:55

Program of Remembrance: 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001

"September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Given the occasion, the Historical Committee of United States District Court for the Western Di... Read More »
"September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Given the occasion, the Historical Committee of United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, together with the Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section and the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, will be hosting a Program of Remembrance reflecting upon the sacrifices made by great Americans on both September 11, 2001, and during the attacks' aftermath. The Program of Remembrance will honor the heroes on Flight 93 and the people of the Western District of Pennsylvania who assisted in the federal law enforcement effort with respect to the events that unfolded, those who undertook related investigatory and/or judicial functions, and those that later came together to acknowledge and honor the heroes of Flight 93.

The program will be moderated by Tom McMillan, author of Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11. The program will additionally feature a video message from President George W. Bush, as well as participation by some of the family members of Flight 93 passengers."

Date Recorded: September 9, 2021

Speakers: Hon. D. Brooks Smith, Hon. D. Fisher, Hon. Donetta Ambrose, Hon. Kim Gibson, Mr. James McLean, Linda Kelly, Father James McCaffrey, Tom McMilan

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Practice Area: Government
58:28

Psychologists In Child Custody Actions

This program will focus on defining the different roles of a psychologist in family law matters (e.g. co-parenting therapist, reunification counselor, evaluator, etc.) and will outline the differences... Read More »
This program will focus on defining the different roles of a psychologist in family law matters (e.g. co-parenting therapist, reunification counselor, evaluator, etc.) and will outline the differences in clinical vs. forensic roles. Panelists will also discuss what psychologists can testify to, and when, and how the rules of evidence are correctly applied during testimony.

Date Recorded: June 17, 2022

Speakers: Hon. Kim Eaton, Hon. Nicola Henry-Taylor, Hon. Sabrina Korbel, Dr. Deborah Gilman, Dr. Shannon Edwards

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2:00:52

Pursuing and Defending Attorney Fee Claims

"This program will cover seeking and defending against attorneys' fees in Pennsylvania under statutes that permit a party to recover attorneys' fees. Specific topics to be discussed will include: W... Read More »
"This program will cover seeking and defending against attorneys' fees in Pennsylvania under statutes that permit a party to recover attorneys' fees. Specific topics to be discussed will include:

Who is considered a prevailing party?
Establishing the reasonableness of the hourly rate.
Ethical issues regarding billing.
Litigating and defending the fee petition.
Perspectives from the court on attorney fee practice.
This seminar will provide valuable information for seasoned attorneys as well as attorneys without prior experience in litigating attorney fees."

Date Recorded: August 30, 2022

Speakers: Hon. John McVay, Christina Gill Roseman, Kenneth Behrend, Patrick Reilly

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
2:07:02

QDROs and like Orders For Dividing Retirement Plans in Divorce

This virtual workshop will explore Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit QDROs as well as QDRO-like Orders (Governmental, FERS/CSRS, and Military) related to divorces. This workshop will review var... Read More »
This virtual workshop will explore Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit QDROs as well as QDRO-like Orders (Governmental, FERS/CSRS, and Military) related to divorces. This workshop will review various retirement plans and the type of Order needed for your client's division of retirement assets. The program will review needed settlement agreement language and the most common mistakes to avoid saving countless hours, headaches and limiting liability exposure.

Specifics to be covered include:

- The differences in retirement plan types and benefit options
- The different ways to divide retirement plans (shared vs. separate interest)
- Language needed when representing the employee spouse and former spouse
- Language differences between drafting regular QDROs vs. Governmental, FERS/CSRS and Military Plans
- Ways to avoid common QDRO mistakes

Date Recorded: January 27, 2021

Speakers: Donna Cheswick

Moderators: Dorothy O'Neil

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Practice Area: Family Law
57:09

Real Estate Trends Affecting Law Offices

Real estate industry pros from JLL will provide an overview of Pittsburgh's dynamic commercial real estate market and trends, and will discuss what lies ahead. It will also detail how post-Covid real ... Read More »
Real estate industry pros from JLL will provide an overview of Pittsburgh's dynamic commercial real estate market and trends, and will discuss what lies ahead. It will also detail how post-Covid real estate trends are affecting law offices nationally and in Pittsburgh. Jon Altman, partner at Metz Lewis, will detail that firm's recent experience of executing their post-Covid occupancy strategy in light of the aforementioned trends.

Date Recorded: September 29, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Altman, Reid Mauro, Dan Adamski

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Practice Area: Real Property
54:30

Resilience Training: Performance Skills

For too many attorneys, the stress of practicing law has led to depression and problematic behaviors. But why can some lawyers handle the stress while others can't? Using the practices and strategies ... Read More »
For too many attorneys, the stress of practicing law has led to depression and problematic behaviors. But why can some lawyers handle the stress while others can't? Using the practices and strategies in the U.S. Army's Master Resilience training program, this program will pass on techniques and illustrations of behaviors which can increase optimism, self-regulation and strengths as a lawyer. Attendees will learn the mental processes which allow you to endure the setbacks in life and practice – and come back stronger than ever. The program will discuss attitude, mental balance, emotional intelligence and strategies to help you when you're feeling overwhelmed. Using these skills may lead to a better work-life balance.

Date Recorded: August 2, 2022

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
1:00:41

Right-to-Know Law for the non-Right-to-Know Law Attorney

This CLE will cover the basics of Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law and teach attorneys of all practice areas the best ways to help submit information requests on behalf of clients. The CLE also will d... Read More »
This CLE will cover the basics of Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law and teach attorneys of all practice areas the best ways to help submit information requests on behalf of clients. The CLE also will discuss how attorneys representing government agencies can ensure these agencies follow the law. The program will cover:

- The timeline of submitting and responding to a request
- How to phrase a request to be specific
- Common reasons requests are denied
- The basics of the administrative appeal process
- An overview of the Court Process to challenge an administrative decision

Date Recorded: December 4, 2020

Speakers: Zachary Gordon, Elizabeth Rubenstein

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Practice Area: General
59:15

Section 280E Update on Cannabis-Related Businesses

Few things are evolving more rapidly than the laws and regulations surrounding the cannabis industry. This program will cover recent case law and legislative proposals concerning Section 280E and cann... Read More »
Few things are evolving more rapidly than the laws and regulations surrounding the cannabis industry. This program will cover recent case law and legislative proposals concerning Section 280E and cannabis-related businesses. Specific topics to be addressed will include the prohibition on deductions, the success and failures of taxpayer arguments in case law, business structuring issues and legislative updates

Date Recorded: September 22, 2021

Speakers: Christine Green

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Practice Area: Business Law
56:33

Seven Ways to Improve Your Contract Drafting

Join an experienced attorney for some pro tips on contract drafting. Specifics to cover include: - Defining how boilerplate differs from essential clauses - Examples of typical boilerplate and pot... Read More »
Join an experienced attorney for some pro tips on contract drafting. Specifics to cover include:

- Defining how boilerplate differs from essential clauses
- Examples of typical boilerplate and potentially dangerous provisions
- Steps to understanding, examining and communicating to your client
- Choice of Law
- Forum selection
- Notice (method for giving notice to other side)
- Non-reliance ("Integration Clause")
- Waiver of Consequential damage
- No Third-party Beneficiary
- Choice of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration/Mediation
- Severability
- Contract Ethics – Duties of Competence, Conflicts of Interest, Doing Business with Client and Duty of Truth in Statements to Others
- Best Practices when reviewing boilerplate

Date Recorded: October 22, 2021

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsAlternative Dispute Resolution
58:06

Social Equity Consideration in the Expanding Cannabis Industry

As more states legalize the adult use of cannabis, the Pennsylvania legislature is pushing to create a legal and regulatory framework to allow adult use within the Commonwealth. However, the Commonwea... Read More »
As more states legalize the adult use of cannabis, the Pennsylvania legislature is pushing to create a legal and regulatory framework to allow adult use within the Commonwealth. However, the Commonwealth must take social equity into consideration in its work to decriminalize adult use of cannabis. This program will focus on what "social equity" means and why it's important in the context of the growing Cannabis Industry in the Commonwealth. This program will also look at state legislation for Adult Use bills and how the bills plan to implement a regulatory framework while working to enhance communities that are negatively impacted by the decriminalization and enforcement of marijuana possession

Date Recorded: June 16, 2022

Speakers: Patrick Nightingale, Jesse Exilus

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:06

Social Media in Litigation

Social media is more than a fad. It's one of the primary ways people communicate today. But what impact does this still-new form of communication have on litigation? This program will cover: •... Read More »
Social media is more than a fad. It's one of the primary ways people communicate today. But what impact does this still-new form of communication have on litigation?

This program will cover:

• Inappropriate use of social media by lawyers
• Necessary changes to law practice, client control and case selection due to use of social media
• Malpractice cases based upon inappropriate use of social media
• Disciplinary cases resulting from use of social media
• Monetary damages which may result from use of social media
• Dangers of spoliation of evidence by modifying websites; and necessary instructions to clients concerning modifying social media history
• How inappropriate use destroys the attorney client privilege

Date Recorded: February 18, 2021

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: General
1:01:14

Strategies for Mediating Your Employment Case with Administrative Agencies

Even if you regularly practice before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, you may not be familiar with their new mediation programs. Learn abo... Read More »
Even if you regularly practice before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, you may not be familiar with their new mediation programs. Learn about mediating your employment case through these initiatives in this program. Hear from two experienced mediators, a plaintiff lawyer and a defense lawyer about what works and what doesn't work. Which cases are good candidates for mediation? When should they be mediated? What are the best strategies? How do these programs differ from private mediation?

Date Recorded: April 11, 2022

Speakers: Brian Lipkin, Nicholas Kennedy, Rita Porterfield, Guerline Laurore

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
1:01:20

Success with Virtual Presentations

"Attorneys must often make presentations, whether it be to clients, colleagues, judges or juries. But presenting these days can present new challenges, given the trend toward meeting and presenting in... Read More »
"Attorneys must often make presentations, whether it be to clients, colleagues, judges or juries. But presenting these days can present new challenges, given the trend toward meeting and presenting in a virtual space, such as Zoom, MS Teams and other online platforms.

In this session, attendees will learn:

Steps for creating messages that will reach and persuade online audiences
How to create strong presentation openings and closings, including using media that can be shared online; Techniques for engaging virtual audiences; Virtual presentation pitfalls and how to anticipate, prepare for and overcome them
Confidence building techniques that will help you stay focused"

Date Recorded: August 17, 2022

Speakers: Anne Linaberger

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2:01:40

Support and Assistance Animals in Residential Housing

This CLE will cover fair housing laws regarding support and assistance animals in residential housing, with an emphasis on residential rental housing. The CLE will help attorneys to understand what su... Read More »
This CLE will cover fair housing laws regarding support and assistance animals in residential housing, with an emphasis on residential rental housing. The CLE will help attorneys to understand what support and assistance animals are in the housing context and how to handle reasonable accommodation requests regarding support and assistance animals.

Also, the CLE will include brief distinctions between support-assistance animals under fair housing laws and support-service animals under other laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. In addition, the CLE will include examples of common issues that arise in fair housing cases, as well as best practices for housing providers.

Finally, the CLE will include a discussion and information about some of the challenges and obstacles that people with disabilities experience in housing.

Date Recorded: April 29, 2021

Speakers: Wesley Speary, Rita Porterfield, Samantha Vollrath

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Practice Areas: Law & DisabilityReal Property
59:39

Supreme Court Update: Labor and Employment Law Cases of Interest

The U.S. Supreme Court has made numerous recent decisions that impact labor and employment law. This program, led by attorney Terry Murphy, will provide an overview and offer insight on these recent d... Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court has made numerous recent decisions that impact labor and employment law. This program, led by attorney Terry Murphy, will provide an overview and offer insight on these recent decisions.

Date Recorded: October 26, 2021

Speakers: Terrence Murphy

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:55:49

Tax Assessment and Exemption Appeals in Front of the Board of Viewers

During this program the Administrative Chair for the Board of Viewers, attorneys handling exemption and assessment appeals and a certified real estate appraiser will cover the following: - Practice... Read More »
During this program the Administrative Chair for the Board of Viewers, attorneys handling exemption and assessment appeals and a certified real estate appraiser will cover the following:

- Practice tips
- Best evidence
- Effective use of appraisals
- Trends in valuation for commercial properties
- The new procedure for tax exemption appeals
- Recent cases and legal developments

Great CLE for attorneys representing property owners or taxing bodies, nonprofits or tax exempt entities, or for any attorney with an interest in real estate in Allegheny County.

Date Recorded: March 25, 2021

Speakers: Michelle Lally, Megan Turnbull, Jennifer Cerce, Anthony Barna

Moderators: Kate Diersen

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Practice Areas: Real PropertySchool & Municipal
1:29:29

Tax Updates for the Family Law Practitioner

This program will focus on changes to the Internal Revenue Code for tax years 2021 and 2022, with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to family law practitioners. Areas of focus will include: the... Read More »
This program will focus on changes to the Internal Revenue Code for tax years 2021 and 2022, with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to family law practitioners. Areas of focus will include: the child tax credit and advanced payments, including how these are calculated for support purposes and potential pitfalls in practical application; taxation of income acquired through cash apps (i.e., PayPal, Venmo, etc.); and cryptocurrency (i.e., Bitcoin, etc.), including what it is and how to determine its value.

Date Recorded: February 7, 2022

Speakers: Chester Beattie, Brian Vertz, Heather Baronwski

Moderators: Elizabeth Parker

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Practice Area: Family Law
1:01:09

The Basics of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

"Blockchain and cryptocurrency represent new and exciting technologies that are becoming more and more prevalent in the modern world. This CLE program will venture to answer the questions ""what is cr... Read More »
"Blockchain and cryptocurrency represent new and exciting technologies that are becoming more and more prevalent in the modern world. This CLE program will venture to answer the questions ""what is cryptocurrency?"" and perhaps more importantly ""why should I care?"" from the perspective of a lawyer encountering this technology.

Whether from a tax, employment or international finance perspective, lawyers are encountering cryptocurrency with increasing frequency. Sign up for this program to learn the basics about these technologies, and about how area attorneys are dealing with these technologies on a regular basis."

Date Recorded: March 31, 2022

Speakers: Matthew Brady, Erica Wilson

Moderators: Tom Cocchi

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:01:20

The Burned Out Lawyer

"If there is one word heard more during our journey through the pandemic – and one that continues to be head more than any other term as we navigate into the Post-COVID "new normal" world – it is ... Read More »
"If there is one word heard more during our journey through the pandemic – and one that continues to be head more than any other term as we navigate into the Post-COVID "new normal" world – it is "burnout."

But what is burnout? What does it look like and feel like? More importantly, what can be done to prevent the normal stress and "lawyer anxiety" so common in the profession from developing into this physically and emotionally draining state?

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and show that one of three attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

During this program, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss
The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress and burnout.

Symptoms of stress and burnout that are particularly prevalent among members of the legal profession.

Basic stress reactions, both physical and psychological; the difference between healthy stress and distress, with emphasis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The transition from distress to burnout and how to recognize and identify the sources of stress in lawyers' lives before burnout develops.

Guidelines for a "master plan," including realistic prevention strategies that work.
Why lawyers and judges are at especially high risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders.

The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.

The barriers that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need.

The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with alcoholism, substance use disorders and mental illness in the legal profession."

Date Recorded: September 15, 2021

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Areas: Health and WellnessGeneral
2:50:26

The Deals, Lawyers and Construction that Built the Steel City

Every building in the famous Pittsburgh skyline started with a vision, turned into a deal, and ultimately became reality. The lawyers of Allegheny County played vital roles at every step of the way, a... Read More »
Every building in the famous Pittsburgh skyline started with a vision, turned into a deal, and ultimately became reality. The lawyers of Allegheny County played vital roles at every step of the way, and in many cases, re-wrote the book on how business is done across the country. This presentation will take you inside the boardrooms and tell you the deals that grew a city.

Date Recorded: May 26, 2021

Speakers: Ron Schuler, Michael Bock, Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick

Moderators: Julian Neiser

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Practice Areas: Construction LawGeneralReal Property
2:00:54

The Ethics of Representing Entities and Their Employees

"This program will cover two ethical issues relevant to nearly all practitioners. First, experienced litigators will identify and explore the ethical issues that can arise when a business and the peop... Read More »
"This program will cover two ethical issues relevant to nearly all practitioners. First, experienced litigators will identify and explore the ethical issues that can arise when a business and the people who work there face civil or criminal exposure.

Attendees will learn when it is necessary or recommended to retain separate counsel for individuals, ethical issues to have on your radar and practical tips for engagement letters, third party fee agreements and joint defense groups. In the second hour, panelists will look at the nuts and bolts of the attorney disciplinary process in Pennsylvania. With a panel of attorneys who routinely represent other attorneys facing disciplinary issues, the program will cover frequently raised issues, the process from complaint through resolution and what to do if you find yourself the subject of a disciplinary complaint.

Additionally, this program will cover issues relevant to many areas including civil litigation, criminal law, family law, labor and employment, professional ethics, corporate practice and small firm and solo practitioners. Any attorney who represents corporations or other business entities in any type of criminal or civil litigation or internal investigation should attend to learn the ethical issues that could arise when interacting with individual employees of the business, particularly when those people could face criminal or other regulatory exposure.

Additionally, all attorneys, no matter how careful, could find themselves the subject of a disciplinary complaint, even if entirely unfounded. An understanding of the disciplinary process, what to expect and where to turn for help is key to navigating any potential issues with confidence."

Date Recorded: May 9, 2022

Speakers: Wesley Gorman, Thomas Farrell, Jana Walshak, Amy Coco, Scott Eberle

Moderators: Jennifer Bouriat

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Practice Area: Government
1:51:06

The Future of the Gig Economy

The gig economy has been around for over 100 years but has expanded significantly with the proliferation of technology across various sectors, especially in recent years. Today, tech companies like Ub... Read More »
The gig economy has been around for over 100 years but has expanded significantly with the proliferation of technology across various sectors, especially in recent years. Today, tech companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit are household names and major players in the gig economy. But the gig economy as we know it is changing. During this program, presenters will discuss the evolving legal landscape of gig workers' rights and what that will mean for the future of the gig economy.

Date Recorded: January 27, 2022

Speakers: Derrick Maultsby, Katherine Irwin

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Practice Area: Business Law
58:16

The Honorable Roundtable

The Honorable Roundtable discussion has been a highlight of the Symposium over the years. Join this group discussion with the Judges of the WDPA and visiting Judges who will provide feedback and tips ... Read More »
The Honorable Roundtable discussion has been a highlight of the Symposium over the years. Join this group discussion with the Judges of the WDPA and visiting Judges who will provide feedback and tips to promote professionalism and excellence in your bankruptcy and insolvency practices. The Judges have always been agreeable to address an array of topics and issues, including giving their courts' perspectives on matters affecting legal practice and procedures for both consumer and commercial practitioners.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Joy Flowers Conti, Hon. Ashely Chan, Hon. John Hoffman, Hon. Michael Kaplan, Hon. Robert Opel

Moderators: Keri Ebeck

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
59:00

The Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurant, Retail and Service-Industry Bankruptcy Cases

2020 has brought a significant increase in restaurant and retail bankruptcies due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will discuss various COVID-19 related issues that are... Read More »
2020 has brought a significant increase in restaurant and retail bankruptcies due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will discuss various COVID-19 related issues that are arising in restaurant, retail, and service-industry bankruptcy cases. Topics discussed will include: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) Implications, Compliance with Wage and Hour Requirements, WARN Act Implications, Reclamation Claims, Intellectual Property Issues, Franchise Agreements, Force Majeure Clauses, Abstention.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: Kirk Burkley, Donald Calaiaro, Frank Guadagnino, Sloane O'Donnell

Moderators: Maribeth Thomas

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
2:03:37

The Impacts and Challenges of COVID-19 in Education

The CLE will cover the impacts, challenges, and legal considerations for students, educators, and administrators regarding remote learning and in-person learning as a result of COVID-19. The CLE wi... Read More »
The CLE will cover the impacts, challenges, and legal considerations for students, educators, and administrators regarding remote learning and in-person learning as a result of COVID-19.

The CLE will cover compliance with the IDEA and Section 504; state waivers for compliance with the IDEA; accommodation students with disabilities; addressing equity, equality, and ethical concerns regarding students who do not have Internet access; addressing equity, equality, and ethical concerns regarding students whose families do not have access to the same resources and support services that other families do; and balancing health and safety concerns with the benefits of in-person learning.

Attorneys who work on education and civil rights related matters should attend to get a better understanding of their clients' and (potential clients') rights and responsibilities, as well as ethical considerations for going above and beyond minimum legal requirements.

Date Recorded: February 10, 2021

Speakers: Stephanie Dangel, Joseph Hornack, Ian Michel, Jennifer Price

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Practice Areas: Law & DisabilitySchool & Municipal
2:44:20

The Impacts of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry

The program will discuss the various impacts that COVID-19 has had on the construction industry as well as the practice of construction law. Specific segments include: - A panel discussion regar... Read More »
The program will discuss the various impacts that COVID-19 has had on the construction industry as well as the practice of construction law.

Specific segments include:

- A panel discussion regarding certain contractual provisions and project/claim scenarios from the perspective of a project owner, general contractor and subcontractor.
- A discussion on how to prepare for COVID-related construction disputes.
- A presentation regarding virtual mediations and arbitrations of construction disputes.

Date Recorded: December 9, 2020

Speakers: Scott Cessar, Lisa Wampler, Michael Klein, Giselle Leonardo, James Miller, Chris Cieslak, Wiley Wright, Matt Stamp

Moderators: Lori Azzara

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Practice Area: Construction Law
1:56:20

The Nuts and Bolts of Pennsylvania Nonprofit Law

This program will offer an overview of Pa. nonprofit law. Specifics to be covered include: • Historical Origins and Modern Application • Nonprofit vs. Tax-Exempt • The Associations Code ... Read More »
This program will offer an overview of Pa. nonprofit law. Specifics to be covered include:

• Historical Origins and Modern Application
• Nonprofit vs. Tax-Exempt
• The Associations Code
• Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations, Associations and Nonprofit Associations
• The Nonprofit Corporation Law and The Nonprofit Board of Directors
• Nonprofit By-Laws
• Entities and Entity Transactions
• The Department of State – Functions and Powers
• Typical Filing Transactions
• Charitable Funds
• Real Property Tax Exemption
• PA Sales Tax Exemption
• Reporting Obligations and Compliances
• Practices that Endanger Nonprofit Status

Date Recorded: April 19, 2021

Speakers: Susan Ott

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Practice Area: Nonprofit Law
58:41

The Revised ACBA/ACMS Advance Directive

"This CLE will introduce to practitioners the revised Advance Directive, recently completed by the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS). Members o... Read More »
"This CLE will introduce to practitioners the revised Advance Directive, recently completed by the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS).

Members of the ACBA Elder Law Committee and ACMS will provide guidance about the changes to the document and how to best use the document to serve the public."

Date Recorded: July 11, 2022

Speakers: Lori Capone, Robin Frank, Lisa Vitti, Todd Hertzberg, Grace Orsatti, Judith Black

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Practice Area: Elder Law
1:30:12

The Right to Assemble

The program will discuss historical and contemporary jurisprudence regarding the First Amendment Right to Assemble and the context of those decisions. It will then discuss some Pittsburgh protests, in... Read More »
The program will discuss historical and contemporary jurisprudence regarding the First Amendment Right to Assemble and the context of those decisions. It will then discuss some Pittsburgh protests, including how those were organized and perceived, and changes in local requirements and rules for protesting. It will then discuss legal cases that precede and follow protests such as civil suits against local governments and civil and criminal cases filed against protesters. Finally, it will discuss recent proposed and passed state legislation concerning the right to protest.

Date Recorded: April 22, 2022

Speakers: Quinn Cozzens, Miracle Jones, Kevin Goldberg

Moderators: Guiseppe Rosselli

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Practice Area: Government
1:54:08

The Role of Local Counsel in Federal Court

"Join a moderated panel of judges from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for a discussion of the logistical and substantive issues that practitioners face when acting as... Read More »
"Join a moderated panel of judges from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for a discussion of the logistical and substantive issues that practitioners face when acting as "local counsel" before the Court.

Topics for discussion will include:
The Court's expectations of local counsel, and of national or coordinating counsel, including presence and participation in hearings and substantive responsibility throughout the litigation.
Common pitfalls of a local counsel arrangement, and suggestions for best practice.
Statutory responsibilities of local counsel, including in the context of multi-district litigation."

Date Recorded: March 30, 2022

Speakers: Mark Hornak, Arthur Schwab, Mike Comber, Phillip Ignelzi

Moderators: Samuel Hornak

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Practice Area: Government
1:00:25

The Rules of Evidence and Family Law Cases

Join judges, masters and experienced practitioners for this one-hour course reviewing common issues with the admission of evidence in family law proceedings, such as custody trials, equitable distribu... Read More »
Join judges, masters and experienced practitioners for this one-hour course reviewing common issues with the admission of evidence in family law proceedings, such as custody trials, equitable distribution trials and other proceedings. The program will also review some of the unique challenges of trying a family law case via remote technology.

Date Recorded: June 16, 2021

Speakers: Hon. Kim Eaton, Hon. Hugh McGough, Master Melaine Shannon Rothey, Daniel Glasser

Moderators: Margaret Prescott

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Practice Area: Family Law
1:00:14

The SBRA – Reflections on the First Year and a Look Forward

The Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) took effect on February 20, 2020, in an effort to increase successful business reorganizations by the addition of Article V to Chapter 11. This panel will ... Read More »
The Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) took effect on February 20, 2020, in an effort to increase successful business reorganizations by the addition of Article V to Chapter 11. This panel will focus on the last year, as Debtors have started to utilize the SBRA, including the advantages and disadvantages that have emerged in conjunction with the Act.

Date Recorded: December 11, 2020

Speakers: John Lacher, Hon. Gregory Taddonio, Joseph Sisca, David Valencik, George Snyder

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Practice Area: Bankruptcy
59:48

The Second Founding A Historical Look at Race and the Law

The program will examine the "Second Founding" - the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and related civil rights statutes. The knowledgeable panel will discuss the amendments and the exte... Read More »
The program will examine the "Second Founding" - the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and related civil rights statutes. The knowledgeable panel will discuss the amendments and the extent to which these amendments were able to remediate the lingering effects of slavery, recognize Black citizenship, protect rights to due process and equal protection for all, and enfranchise African Americans.

In addition, the program will discuss the ebb and flow of racial progress in Pittsburgh during this time period, including within the legal community.

Date Recorded: February 19, 2021

Speakers: William "Chip" Carter, Jr., Ronald Schuler

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Practice Areas: Diversity & InclusionGeneralLabor & Employment
58:23

The Surveillance of a Spouse

"""My spouse is cheating on me. I know it, but how do I prove it?" Family law attorneys hear this from clients on almost a weekly basis. Because these issues can have criminal ramifications, collea... Read More »
"""My spouse is cheating on me. I know it, but how do I prove it?"

Family law attorneys hear this from clients on almost a weekly basis. Because these issues can have criminal ramifications, colleagues practicing in that area of the law are often consulted. When you are confident that surveillance is needed to prove infidelity in a divorce case, or to assist in meeting your burden of proof in a protection from abuse action or a custody case, it's important to know what types of information and obtaining techniques are legal and how to use the surveillance to prove your important facts.

Learn the do's and don'ts of surveillance in family law matters, including an update on Pennsylvania's wiretapping law from a leading criminal lawyer, a family law lawyer, a trial court judge and a well-known investigative/security consultant."

Date Recorded: November 14, 2022

Speakers: Phillip DiLucente, Larry Forletta, Hon. Anthony Mariani, Kenneth Horoho

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
1:00:07

The Workers' Compensation Intoxication Defense: Law and Practice

 The intoxication defense under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, found in two provisos of Section 301(a) of the law, is the most frequently raised affirmative defense in this no-fault liab... Read More »
 The intoxication defense under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, found in two provisos of Section 301(a) of the law, is the most frequently raised affirmative defense in this no-fault liability statute. This presentation will:


- Identify these laws
- Review the history of the two provisos and examine how they have been construed by the courts
- Review how counsel for the injured worker and employer litigate cases where the intoxication defense has been raised
- Discuss how Pa. law compares to that of other states, noting, especially, a remarkable trend: 21 states have now shifted from the affirmative defense model by creating rebuttable presumptions that a worker found to have a certain blood alcohol content (BAC), or other drug presence, was intoxicated at the time of the injury, and that the intoxication caused the injury.

Workers' compensation lawyers, judges and claims professionals will benefit from the presentation by learning of the unexpectedly complex rules that surround the intoxication defense, and how attorneys and judges treat the defense in practice. Issues surrounding intoxication are of special interest given state legalization of medical marijuana and the possibility that, at some point, recreational marijuana may become legal.

Date Recorded: June 15, 2021

Speakers: Barbara Holmes, George Power

Moderators: Hon. David Torrey

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
1:03:24

Third Annual Criminal Law Symposium--Appellate Update

"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include: Vehicle stop upda... Read More »
"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include:

Vehicle stop updates
A year in review concerning new case law
Crimes against the elderly
Contractor fraud
Immigration issues in the criminal justice system

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, one of the most exciting speakers in the Commonwealth, will be teaching the newest law concerning vehicle stops. A review of case law for the past year is mandatory for any practitioner in the criminal division. Crimes against the elderly is an important point of law for those representing defendants and elderly victims. The nuances of investigating and prosecuting contractor criminal fraud will give prosecutors and defense attorneys a different look at an old problem. There will be speakers discussing the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court permitting states to criminalize abortions based upon a heartbeat and what to expect in a criminal proceeding. Public defenders from Lawrence County will engage the audience in criminal law. If you are new to law or have been practicing for decades, you need to attend this program."

Date Recorded: February 4, 2022

Speakers: Kevin McCarthy, Tim Lyon

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:09

Third Annual Criminal Law Symposium--Elder Abuse

"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include: Vehicle stop upda... Read More »
"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include:

Vehicle stop updates
A year in review concerning new case law
Crimes against the elderly
Contractor fraud
Immigration issues in the criminal justice system

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, one of the most exciting speakers in the Commonwealth, will be teaching the newest law concerning vehicle stops. A review of case law for the past year is mandatory for any practitioner in the criminal division. Crimes against the elderly is an important point of law for those representing defendants and elderly victims. The nuances of investigating and prosecuting contractor criminal fraud will give prosecutors and defense attorneys a different look at an old problem. There will be speakers discussing the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court permitting states to criminalize abortions based upon a heartbeat and what to expect in a criminal proceeding. Public defenders from Lawrence County will engage the audience in criminal law. If you are new to law or have been practicing for decades, you need to attend this program."

Date Recorded: February 4, 2022

Speakers: Anita White, Jackie Weibel, Julie Capone

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:02

Third Annual Criminal Law Symposium--Immigration Law

"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include: Vehicle stop upda... Read More »
"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include:

Vehicle stop updates
A year in review concerning new case law
Crimes against the elderly
Contractor fraud
Immigration issues in the criminal justice system

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, one of the most exciting speakers in the Commonwealth, will be teaching the newest law concerning vehicle stops. A review of case law for the past year is mandatory for any practitioner in the criminal division. Crimes against the elderly is an important point of law for those representing defendants and elderly victims. The nuances of investigating and prosecuting contractor criminal fraud will give prosecutors and defense attorneys a different look at an old problem. There will be speakers discussing the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court permitting states to criminalize abortions based upon a heartbeat and what to expect in a criminal proceeding. Public defenders from Lawrence County will engage the audience in criminal law. If you are new to law or have been practicing for decades, you need to attend this program."

Date Recorded: February 4, 2022

Speakers: Samantha Tamburro

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
2:08:09

Third Annual Criminal Law Symposium--Vehicle Stops And Searches

"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include: Vehicle stop upda... Read More »
"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include:

Vehicle stop updates
A year in review concerning new case law
Crimes against the elderly
Contractor fraud
Immigration issues in the criminal justice system

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, one of the most exciting speakers in the Commonwealth, will be teaching the newest law concerning vehicle stops. A review of case law for the past year is mandatory for any practitioner in the criminal division. Crimes against the elderly is an important point of law for those representing defendants and elderly victims. The nuances of investigating and prosecuting contractor criminal fraud will give prosecutors and defense attorneys a different look at an old problem. There will be speakers discussing the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court permitting states to criminalize abortions based upon a heartbeat and what to expect in a criminal proceeding. Public defenders from Lawrence County will engage the audience in criminal law. If you are new to law or have been practicing for decades, you need to attend this program."

Date Recorded: February 4, 2022

Speakers: Bruce Antkowiak

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
59:16

Third Annual Criminal Law Symposium-Defending The False Confessor

"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include: Vehicle stop upda... Read More »
"Criminal laws are rapidly evolving. This comprehensive program will examine numerous changes, trends and hot topics in criminal litigation. Specific topics to be covered include:

Vehicle stop updates
A year in review concerning new case law
Crimes against the elderly
Contractor fraud
Immigration issues in the criminal justice system

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, one of the most exciting speakers in the Commonwealth, will be teaching the newest law concerning vehicle stops. A review of case law for the past year is mandatory for any practitioner in the criminal division. Crimes against the elderly is an important point of law for those representing defendants and elderly victims. The nuances of investigating and prosecuting contractor criminal fraud will give prosecutors and defense attorneys a different look at an old problem. There will be speakers discussing the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court permitting states to criminalize abortions based upon a heartbeat and what to expect in a criminal proceeding. Public defenders from Lawrence County will engage the audience in criminal law. If you are new to law or have been practicing for decades, you need to attend this program."

Date Recorded: February 4, 2022

Speakers: Dennis Elisco, Lawrence Keith

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
59:34

Third Circuit Precedential and Not Precedential Opinions

This program will explore the differences between two types of opinions issued in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: precedential opinions (POs) and not precedential opini... Read More »
This program will explore the differences between two types of opinions issued in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: precedential opinions (POs) and not precedential opinions (NPOs).

Specifics to be covered include:

How POs and NPOs are prepared according to the Third Circuit's Internal Operating Procedures
The binding nature of POs on subsequent panels and on district courts
The varying degrees of persuasive authority accorded to NPOs by Pennsylvania courts, district courts and subsequent panels of the Third Circuit
Motions to designate NPOs as precedential
Practical "dos and don'ts" for practitioners citing Third Circuit POs and NPOs in their own cases
This program is ideal for general practitioners, as well as those wishing to learn more about appellate practice. Individuals attending the program will gain a clear understanding of why the precedential or not precedential status of a Third Circuit opinion matters, and of why both types of opinions can add value to any advocate's toolbox.

Date Recorded: May 25, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Bruno, Paige Forster, Corrie Woods

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
2:00:42

Tips for Handling Unpaid Medical Bills and Liens in Workers' Comp

Unpaid medical bills and liens can be a big part of workers' compensation cases. This program will provide tips for handling unpaid medical bills and medical liens in the litigation and mediation o... Read More »
Unpaid medical bills and liens can be a big part of workers' compensation cases.

This program will provide tips for handling unpaid medical bills and medical liens in the litigation and mediation of a workers' compensation case. It will include a discussion of Neves v. WCAB, No.1431 C.D. 2018 (Pa.Cmwlth. 2020).

Date Recorded: January 14, 2021

Speakers: Glenn Sinko, David Dille, Hon. Anne Crilley, Hon. David Cicola

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
1:30:28

Top Secrets of Zoom Depositions, Teams Court and Online Meetings

If you're a litigator, you probably attended a Zoom training program, and you've probably handled a handful of depositions or motions using an online videoconferencing app. You might, actually, be get... Read More »
If you're a litigator, you probably attended a Zoom training program, and you've probably handled a handful of depositions or motions using an online videoconferencing app. You might, actually, be getting pretty good at it. But, in order to master these tools, you've still got a lot to learn.

This program is not intended for lawyers who need help finding and running Zoom. It is intended for those who are curious about technology, willing to try new things, and excited to be the best online version of themselves. An educated panel will discuss taking your online litigation skills from sophomoric to professional. The goal is to make a seismic jump from the "good enough" product most attorneys are currently cranking out to "how did they do that?"

The panel will discuss teamwork during online depositions and hearings, leveraging the power of back-channel communications to make you a super-litigator. The program will cover the science of distraction to learn the devastatingly effective advantages of online litigation over in-person proceedings. Attendees will watch examples of other lawyers' online litigation work-products to see the amazing things that can be done with the technology.

The program also will discuss equipment, including specific recommendations of items to buy, taking into account product availability at the time of the CLE.

Date Recorded: December 21, 2020

Speakers: Matthew Doebler, Roy Leonard, Sherie Cannin, Coreen Wilson, Brendan Lupetin, Gregory Dobson

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologyGeneral
1:01:52

Toxic or Lucky? Investigating the Britney Spears Conservatorship

The Britney Spears conservatorship case turned the media spotlight to a lesser-known area of the law. Now, the ongoing publicity surrounding the case has many people calling for her freedom and questi... Read More »
The Britney Spears conservatorship case turned the media spotlight to a lesser-known area of the law. Now, the ongoing publicity surrounding the case has many people calling for her freedom and questioning why she needs a conservator, what rights she still has and what it will take for her case to conclude. If you're a Britney fan, an Orphans' Court fan – or both – this program is for you. Attorneys of all experience levels are invited to explore whether Britney's fame really drove her "crazy" or whether she's surrounded by too many people who want a "piece of her."

Date Recorded: October 7, 2021

Speakers: Robin Frank, Aleksandra Kocelko

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
53:55

Trial Preparation for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys

This program will discuss how solo and small firm attorneys (and infrequent litigators) should prepare for that occasional trial. Presenter Claude Ducloux will start with understanding the business... Read More »
This program will discuss how solo and small firm attorneys (and infrequent litigators) should prepare for that occasional trial.

Presenter Claude Ducloux will start with understanding the business side of setting a fee, then he'll offer a preliminary checklist for limitations, venue, consideration of adding parties and early deals which you should consider.

The program will cover elements of proof (and how to attack them if you are on the defense side), developing a trial theme, putting together evidence, forms to use during trial to keep track of evidence and the court's rulings, and of course, the ethics of presenting evidence. There are 100 ideas to consider in this enjoyable and interesting presentation.

Date Recorded: February 25, 2021

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsGeneral
1:00:48

Trials And Televisions

The pandemic has brought a whirlwind of changes to the legal profession. From remote work to remote filings to remote hearings, the practice of law has entered a new, digital age. But these advancemen... Read More »
The pandemic has brought a whirlwind of changes to the legal profession. From remote work to remote filings to remote hearings, the practice of law has entered a new, digital age. But these advancements have also brought greater public attention to the courtroom. Trials are now being live-streamed for comment by the public at large on social media. Just last year, we saw several trials play out in real time in the court of public opinion. With this renewed focus on courtroom practice, attorneys and judges have to understand the impact that publicity can have on trial proceedings. Our panel of seasoned trial practitioners will delve into trial strategies for managing cases with media attention and addressing potential biases from jury selection to verdict.

Date Recorded: June 16, 2022

Speakers: Hon. Christine Ward, Stacy Steiner

Moderators: Amelia Goodrich, Lauren Nicols

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Practice Area: Arts and the Law
1:57:53

U.S. Supreme Court: Review of October 2020 Term

U.S. Supreme Court: Review of October 2020 Term The U.S. Supreme Court review will provide an in-depth critique of the legal implications of the Court's October 2020 term. Third Circuit Court of Appe... Read More »
U.S. Supreme Court: Review of October 2020 Term
The U.S. Supreme Court review will provide an in-depth critique of the legal implications of the Court's October 2020 term. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman will moderate the program and the panelists will include former Supreme Court clerks Leon DeJulius and Dean Amy Wildermuth. The former clerks will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the Court and the decision-making process.

The major content areas being covered are:


- Judicial independence
- Statutory construction
- Immigration
- Article III standing
- Elections
- Bonus — First and Fourth Amendments

Date Recorded: June 24, 2021

Speakers: Leon F. DaJulius, Dean Amy Wildermuth

Moderators: Hon. Thomas Hardiman

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Practice Area: General
59:19

Understanding Drafting and Enforcing Indemnity Provisions

"Join an experienced attorney for an in-depth look at indemnity provisions in contracts. Specifics to be covered include: Defining indemnity and shifting of loss Is there common law indemnity? Or... Read More »
"Join an experienced attorney for an in-depth look at indemnity provisions in contracts. Specifics to be covered include:

Defining indemnity and shifting of loss
Is there common law indemnity? Or only contractual?
Review of the typical agreements containing indemnity clauses
Alternatives (and limitations) to indemnity agreements
Not confusing indemnity with guaranty, contribution, or release
Types of "limitations" within indemnity
Understanding limitation "baskets," "sandbagging" and "carve-outs"
Procedural components and careful drafting
Causation "due to" vs. "arising out of…"
Express negligence and fair notice requirements
Final checklist for drafting indemnity clauses
This is part two of a two-part series. The first part, Seven Ways to Improve Your Contract Drafting will be held immediately prior, starting at 9 a.m. Registration for each program is separate; click here to register for part one. Note that there is no prerequisite to attend either course."

Date Recorded: October 22, 2021

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:01:21

Understanding EDI Transactions from a Forms-Based Approach

This CLE will focus on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions with Harte Pricer, the EDI Manager for the PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The program will ... Read More »
This CLE will focus on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions with Harte Pricer, the EDI Manager for the PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The program will cover questions you may still have regarding EDI transactions with a focus on understanding the basics. This will be a "forms-based" presentation that will provide a road map of how the forms we are all familiar with as practitioners are translated into EDI transactions.

Date Recorded: August 26, 2022

Speakers: Harte Pricer, Stuart Benson

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
1:00:44

Understanding the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board

"This program will discuss the process for attorney discipline in Pennsylvania and will cover the investigation and administration process for attorneys reported for ethical concerns. Panelists wil... Read More »
"This program will discuss the process for attorney discipline in Pennsylvania and will cover the investigation and administration process for attorneys reported for ethical concerns.

Panelists will discuss the ultimate role of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in administering attorney discipline, as well as the role of the Disciplinary Board, hearing committees and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The CLE also will cover some of the major factors used by adjudicators in determining whether and what type of discipline should be administered to attorneys found to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. Obviously, lawyers hope never to need the information presented in this CLE, but the work of the Disciplinary Board is crucial in maintaining the integrity of the practice of law in Pennsylvania and should be acknowledged and understood by all practitioners."

Date Recorded: April 29, 2022

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:56:42

Unfair Trade Practices Litigation: 2021 Update

Litigation under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) covers a broad array of disparate practice areas. However, the underlying requirements for and defenses of... Read More »
Litigation under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) covers a broad array of disparate practice areas. However, the underlying requirements for and defenses of the UTPCPL are the same, regardless of practice area.

This program will analyze the current state of the law regarding the UTPCPL, with a focus on the 2021 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Ameriprise. The panel discussion will provide an overview of the Gregg decision and will offer analysis on UTPCPL issues including whether proof of intent is required to establish a UTPCPL claim, if a claim can arise from conduct after purchase, if justifiable reliance is still required and whether the Gregg decision will result in an increase in litigation under the UTPCPL. Participants will be invited to submit questions to the panel on the UTPCPL throughout the program. This seminar will provide valuable insight for attorneys with experience with the UTPCPL and also attorneys new to the UTPCPL.

Date Recorded: April 27, 2021

Speakers: hon. Alan Hertzberg, Christina Gill Roseman, Kenneth Behrend, Vicki Horne, Thomas Gebler

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Practice Area: Civil Litigation
51:32

Using Video Graphics in Insurance Claims

This course will use state-of-the-art technology to demonstrate how live video, two- and three-dimensional animation or a combination of these features can be used to present complex information in un... Read More »
This course will use state-of-the-art technology to demonstrate how live video, two- and three-dimensional animation or a combination of these features can be used to present complex information in understandable terms. Using video to investigate the scene of an accident will be covered, and excerpts from productions made for use in trials will be presented as well. This seminar also will present information on the use of video graphics in the settlement of claims and in the courtroom

Date Recorded: November 10, 2021

Speakers: Chris Cuellar

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
1:50:50

Voting Rights and Voter Suppression

"This timely CLE addresses the current status of voting rights and attempts at suppressing the vote. A diverse panel will provide a historical review and an update on current issues and trends involvi... Read More »
"This timely CLE addresses the current status of voting rights and attempts at suppressing the vote. A diverse panel will provide a historical review and an update on current issues and trends involving voting rights at a national level. The program also will examine Pennsylvania-specific voting rights issues and feature practical advice for getting involved on an ongoing basis and on Election Day.

Panelists will examine current efforts to make it more difficult to vote. This CLE is designed to be an educational event to bring you up to speed on the current context of voting rights and voter suppression, but it should also serve as an inspiration for you to get involved to protect this essential right in our democracy.

Specific content areas addressed include:

Civil rights: Voting rights are key to civil rights. This CLE is being presented by multiple ACBA groups (see below) who are committed to protecting and defending civil rights.
Constitutional law: Panelists will address constitutional law issues involved in voting rights.
Civil litigation and appellate practice: The presentation will include components on litigation involving voting rights.
State and Federal Courts: Voting rights at both a state and national level will be addressed, with implications for proceedings in both state and federal courts.
Public service: The CLE will provide direction on how attorneys can contribute to protecting voting rights.
This program will serve as a review for both newer and well-experienced practitioners.

The program is presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association Civil Rights Litigation Section, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Homer S. Brown Division, Hispanic Attorneys Committee and Women in the Law Division."

Date Recorded: April 4, 2022

Speakers: Chris Deluzio, Emily Kinkead, Monica Ruiz, Jamaal Craig, Amanda Green-Hawkins

Moderators: Vincent Johnson, Jesse Exilus, Allison Genard

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Practice Area: Government
59:02

Wage & Hour Update 2021

"Plenty has changed regarding wage and hour laws. This program will cover what you need to know about the recent updates. Experts from the plaintiff, defendant and government perspective will discuss ... Read More »
"Plenty has changed regarding wage and hour laws. This program will cover what you need to know about the recent updates. Experts from the plaintiff, defendant and government perspective will discuss current "hot topics". Specifics to be covered include:

What are the common wage and hour issues affecting remote workers, and how should they be addressed?

How should the "regular rate" and overtime be calculated?

How should you handle bonuses, tips, tip credits and other payments and deductions?

When should a worker be classified as an employee or an independent contractor?

When do liquidated damages apply?

What is the latest on classifying employees as "exempt" from overtime?

What is the best way to investigate potential wage and hour claims?

What developments are on the horizon at the federal, state and local levels?"

Date Recorded: September 28, 2021

Speakers: Gary Lynch, Leah Sell, Brian Lipkin, John DuMont

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
58:50

Wage and Hour: 2022 Update

"This CLE will offer a 2022 update on Wage and Hour issues. This one-hour CLE will cover federal updates from the Department of Labor, and it will feature discussions of Pennsylvania and local develop... Read More »
"This CLE will offer a 2022 update on Wage and Hour issues. This one-hour CLE will cover federal updates from the Department of Labor, and it will feature discussions of Pennsylvania and local developments from prominent employer and employee attorneys. This program is ideal for new practitioners and seasoned professionals looking to stay current on important employment topics, as well as those outside the practice looking to learn more about business or individual rights and responsibilities.

Specifics to be covered include:

DOL Updates
Independent contractor rule changes
Tip sharing final rule and penalties Pennsylvania Updates
Tipped worker rule changes
Salaried non-exempt overtime calculations
Law after Heimbach, de minimis and pre/post times
Allegheny County Paid Sick Leave Hot Topics
Time worked, including travel time, unauthorized time and remote work
Calculating overtime under federal law including bonuses, commissions and piece rates
Overtime for salaried employees under federal and state law, including calculations and when exempt"

Date Recorded: October 25, 2022

Speakers: Leah Sell, Christine Elzer, John DuMont

Moderators: Taylor Gillan

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
59:27

What Attorneys and Their Clients Need to Know About Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement is a career-long journey for many, and for attorneys, this process can be more involved as you're also often counseling clients along the way. The program will cover the top... Read More »
Planning for retirement is a career-long journey for many, and for attorneys, this process can be more involved as you're also often counseling clients along the way.

The program will cover the topic thoroughly. Specifics to be covered include:

- Understanding the challenges facing today's retirees.
- What is the biggest (and under-planned for) risk in retirement?
- How to establish a retirement spending plan.
- Understanding income streams in retirement to include Social Security and whether annuities might be a worthwhile consideration.
- Managing taxes and getting comfortable spending in retirement.
- Addressing various risks in retirement.
- How to build a retirement income portfolio.

Date Recorded: April 8, 2021

Speakers: Ashby Daniels

Moderators: Leah Sell

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Practice Areas: GeneralGovernmentBusiness Law
1:47:49

What You Need to Know About Allegheny County Property Tax Appeals

"During this program, the Solicitor for Property Assessment Appeals and Review Board Open Records Officer Information (BPAAR), the Administrative Chair of the Board of Viewers (BOV), an attorney repre... Read More »
"During this program, the Solicitor for Property Assessment Appeals and Review Board Open Records Officer Information (BPAAR), the Administrative Chair of the Board of Viewers (BOV), an attorney representing property owners and a school solicitor will cover the following:

Local Rules and Procedures for BPAAR and BOV
Practice Tips
Best Evidence
Managing Client Expectations
Residential v. Commercial Appeals
Recent Cases and Legal Developments
This is a great CLE for attorneys representing property owners or taxing bodies, or for any attorney with an interest in real estate in Allegheny County."

Date Recorded: March 25, 2022

Speakers: Kate Dierson, David Montgomery, Nicole Amick, Michelle Lally

Moderators: Katherine Beers

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Practice Area: Taxation
54:19

Women Breaking into Sports and the Impact of COVID-19

If you have ever thought about a career in sports law or are interested in the sports industry then you will want to join Nona Lee, one of the most successful women in the sports industry. Lee will di... Read More »
If you have ever thought about a career in sports law or are interested in the sports industry then you will want to join Nona Lee, one of the most successful women in the sports industry. Lee will discuss what it takes to break into the sports law field, with particular focus on doing so as a woman. She'll also discuss how sports have been impacted by COVID-19.

Date Recorded: April 23, 2021

Speakers: Nona Lee

Moderators: Dan Kunz, Julie Vanneman

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Practice Areas: Sports LawDiversity & Inclusion
58:06

Workers' Compensation Basics for the Non-Practicing Attorney

This program will provide an overview of the basics of workers' compensation for attorneys who do not typically handle workers' compensation matters. The panelists will provide their perspective as a ... Read More »
This program will provide an overview of the basics of workers' compensation for attorneys who do not typically handle workers' compensation matters. The panelists will provide their perspective as a claimant's attorney and as a defense attorney on various topics from the initial stages of a claim, and throughout the litigation process, including the settlement process.

Date Recorded: March 14, 2022

Speakers: Stephanie D'Abarno, Dan Bricmont,

Moderators: Danielle Parks

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:31

Workers' Compensation Issues and Developments in the Gig Economy

Individuals laboring in "nonstandard work" – temporary/staffing company workers, "gig" workforce actors (like Uber and Grubhub drivers) and other freelancers – make up a population on the rise. ... Read More »
Individuals laboring in "nonstandard work" – temporary/staffing company workers, "gig" workforce actors (like Uber and Grubhub drivers) and other freelancers – make up a population on the rise.

During this session, a knowledgeable panel will review nonstandard work and the workers' compensation doctrine. The speakers will discuss how many workers are engaged in nonstandard work, what type of labor is implicated and the health and safety concerns surrounding such work. The panel also will examine the nature of various nonstandard employment arrangements and will review the tests used in workers' compensation in distinguishing independent contractors from employees. Additionally, the panel will review statutory developments in this realm, both in Pennsylvania and in other states..

Date Recorded: May 13, 2021

Speakers: Hon. David Torrey, Julie Fritsch, James Turocy

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
55:31

Working Remotely: Meeting Ethical Obligations and Security Challenges

As the business world seems to be returning to the office in some form, many pundits anticipate that remote work will nevertheless remain well beyond the pandemic's demise. For lawyers who continue to... Read More »
As the business world seems to be returning to the office in some form, many pundits anticipate that remote work will nevertheless remain well beyond the pandemic's demise. For lawyers who continue to work remotely, this triggers additional ethical duties when handling client data outside of the law firm or organization's four walls. It also means that threat actors – who have only increased their attempts to hack into our personal and business lives – will continue to persist. What can lawyers do to satisfy their ethical obligation to secure client data when working remotely? And what practical steps can attorneys take to mitigate the risk of exposing client or firm data to cyberattacks?

Date Recorded: August 24, 2021

Speakers: John Unice, Bethann Lloyd

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Practice Areas: Law Practice ManagementGeneral
55:55

Zoom Into Appellate Practice: Tips to Make Your Experience a Great One

This one hour CLE will review the fundamentals of an appellate brief, with writing tips to propel your brief to the next level, must-follow appellate rules, how to navigate the Superior Court, and how... Read More »
This one hour CLE will review the fundamentals of an appellate brief, with writing tips to propel your brief to the next level, must-follow appellate rules, how to navigate the Superior Court, and how to not only conquer an oral argument, but make a lasting impression. The Hon. Mary Jane Bowes will discuss oral advocacy from the perspective of the judge and also provide some timely hints on effective video oral arguments. Attendees will come away more confident in the knowledge of how to master your first (or any) appe

Date Recorded: April 16, 2021

Speakers: Hon. Mary Jane Bowes

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Practice Areas: Appellate PracticeGeneral

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