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Attorneys are busy. Finding the time to attend an in-person CLE course can be challenging. Here's a solution: the ACBA Online CLE Center. On this site, we give you the option to watch any of a wide variety of CLEs on-demand. Watch from your home, office or on the go. In Pennsylvania, you can earn up to six CLE credits online each year. We encourage you to take advantage of this program and earn credits when and where it's convenient for you. Here are some highlights:

  • Available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Viewable from any desktop or mobile device.
  • 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 Online CLE Courses

1:09:24

A Look at the Ethics of Physical Evidence at a Crime Scene

Presented by the ACBA Criminal Litigation Section A Look at the Ethics of Physical Evidence at a Crime Scene This CLE will be a review and discussion of the legal and ethical problems when physical ... Read More »
Presented by the ACBA Criminal Litigation Section
A Look at the Ethics of Physical Evidence at a Crime Scene
This CLE will be a review and discussion of the legal and ethical problems when physical evidence of a crime is given or otherwise known to defense counsel.

Specifics to be covered include:

-The duties to preserve physical evidence
-Ethical responsibilities of a defense attorney when counsel possesses physical evidence
-The nuances of the law as applied to various types of evidence
-The possible penalties that are faced by counsel
-How to speak to a client when the client explains he/she possesses physical evidence
-What information obtained by a private investigator or attorney must be turned over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This course is essential for anyone that handles criminal defense work. A serious criminal defense practitioner needs to fully understand what their responsibilities are when they or their investigator comes across physical evidence or evidence from a witness.

Date Recorded: July 22, 2020

Speakers: Thomas Farrell, Kevin McCarthy

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:02:05

A Name is an Identity: The Name Change Process and Vulnerable Communities

The Name Change Project of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund came to Pittsburgh in 2013 and has helped more than 100 transgender people navigate the legal path to a name that matches thei... Read More »
The Name Change Project of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund came to Pittsburgh in 2013 and has helped more than 100 transgender people navigate the legal path to a name that matches their gender identity. Name Change Project attorneys Stefan Dann and Gregory Vose of Reed Smith will discuss how to navigate the name change process, including special concerns for transgender clients, and how volunteer attorneys can get involved.
 
This year marks the launch of a new Local Rule in Allegheny County, creating a special track within the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas for name changes involving vulnerable populations. This was created largely in response to the experiences of transgender people in the name change process. Administrative Judge Christine Ward will discuss why the new Rule was created, how the procedure for name changes will work and how it can also protect clients who are victims of abuse, harassment, or other crimes, whether transgender or cisgender.

Date Recorded: June 1, 2018

Speakers: Stefan Dann, Gregory Voss

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Practice Area: Diversity & Inclusion
1:01:26

A Primer on COVID19-related Business Interruption Insurance Coverage in Pa.

This presentation will provide an overview of fundamental policy provisions, judicial and legislative updates, and practical claims considerations relative to COVID19-related business interruption ins... Read More »
This presentation will provide an overview of fundamental policy provisions, judicial and legislative updates, and practical claims considerations relative to COVID19-related business interruption insurance claims in Pennsylvania.

This will be a "neutral" presentation that is balanced as it relates to industry vs. policyholder issues.

Date Recorded: July 9, 2020

Speakers: Christopher Jacobs

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:29:03

Alcoholic Beverages and Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations often make use of alcohol during fundraising and other events, but nonprofit leaders are not always sure what is and is not permitted under Pennsylvania law. In this program, a... Read More »
Nonprofit organizations often make use of alcohol during fundraising and other events, but nonprofit leaders are not always sure what is and is not permitted under Pennsylvania law. In this program, attendees will learn the fundamentals involved in serving alcohol at events, selling alcohol, giving alcohol away for free and raffling off alcohol, among other matters. This presentation will be very useful to anyone who counsels nonprofits, works at a nonprofit, sits on a nonprofit board, or volunteers for nonprofits.

Date Recorded: February 18, 2020

Speakers: Mark Flaherty, Stanley Wolowski, Eric Altpeter

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Practice Area: Nonprofit Law
2:00:07

Alimony Expert Views on Need, Amount and Duration

This program will analyze the various ways of determining the need for, amount of and duration of Alimony. The analysis will be based not only upon the length of the marriage but taking into account t... Read More »
This program will analyze the various ways of determining the need for, amount of and duration of Alimony. The analysis will be based not only upon the length of the marriage but taking into account the other alimony factors at 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 3701, including the size of the marital estate and income generated therefrom, the incomes or earning capacities of the parties, and the actual expenses (needs) of the payee spouse.

Date Recorded: August 13, 2020

Speakers: Judge Cathleen Bubash, Master Melaine Rothey, Beth Mascetta, Alex Kindler, Deborah Iwanyshyn

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Practice Area: Family Law
2:00:20

Allegheny County Voir Dire in 2020

A panel of judges and experienced trial attorneys will provide critical insight on the rules and current procedures for voir dire in Allegheny County. Learn about best practices in selecting jurors. ... Read More »
A panel of judges and experienced trial attorneys will provide critical insight on the rules and current procedures for voir dire in Allegheny County. Learn about best practices in selecting jurors.

The seminar will cover topics including peremptory strikes and objections for cause, any potential impact of Trigg v. Children's Hospital of UPMC, ethical issues that may arise in voir dire and how Covid-19 may affect the jury selection process. New trial attorneys and experienced practitioners will benefit from attending this seminar.

Date Recorded: August 18, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Arnold Klein, Hon. Patrick Connelly, Christina Gill Roseman, Jonathan Stewart, Patrick Reilly

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Practice Area: Civil Litigation
59:13

An Introduction to Telemedicine and the Future of Patient Care

Imagine "visiting" your doctor via FaceTime, getting a diagnosis and subsequent prescription all without leaving your home? That's telemedicine, and it's the wave of the future. This presentation w... Read More »
Imagine "visiting" your doctor via FaceTime, getting a diagnosis and subsequent prescription all without leaving your home? That's telemedicine, and it's the wave of the future.

This presentation will focus on telemedicine with particular emphasis on occupational injuries and workers' compensation.

The program will define what telemedicine is in workers' compensation. Specifics to be covered include injuries, patient experiences, patient privacy, state regulations (including paneling/direction of care, types of provider and billing). Additionally, the program will cover what the future of telemedicine holds.

Date Recorded: February 28, 2020

Speakers: Ann Schnure

Moderators: Hon. David Torrey

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
2:02:35

An Overview of Trusts

Trusts play a major role in the legal world. Attorneys in a variety of practice areas – from family law to estate planning to taxation and more – have a practice that touches on trusts in some way... Read More »
Trusts play a major role in the legal world. Attorneys in a variety of practice areas – from family law to estate planning to taxation and more – have a practice that touches on trusts in some way.

This program will offer a fresh perspective on trust administration and document preparation; examples of conflicting provisions and/or unintended consequences will be discussed. The program is ideal for young attorneys looking to learn about trusts, attorneys with experience in other areas of the law who are looking to expand into trusts, and for those seeking a general refresher on trust issues.

The program will be broken up into the following sections:

Basic Trust Administration
Discussion will focus on irrevocable trusts vs. revocable trusts, discretionary distributions; corporate trustees and co-trustees; the Pennsylvania Title 20 Prudent Investor rule; Fiduciary duties and more.

Special Needs Trusts
This section will focus on special needs trusts, and the unique dynamics involved, including public benefits requirements, parental support obligations, cash reimbursement and credit card use and more. Types of special needs trusts (payback, third-party and pooled special needs trusts). Discretionary distribution requirements and prohibitions; ABLE accounts and real estate dynamics will also be examined.

Guardianships
Guardianships and Pennsylvania Title 20 will be examined, including the guardianship of minors and/or incompetent adults. "Guardian of the estate vs. Guardian of the Person" will be examined, along with accounting, distribution requirements and prohibitions.

Oil and Gas Trusts
Learn about mineral management issues, the Pennsylvania Principal and Income Act, and Dormant Oil and Gas Act trusts.

CLE and Events Registration Policy:  Members and Non-members can register for ACBA programs online or by paper mail-in registration, up to two days prior to a program start date.  Some programs are restricted to ACBA or Section members only.  Pre-registration is preferred, however our events are open to walk-ins after online registration closes, unless the event is sold out.  If you pre-registered but have not yet paid or are a walk-in, preferred method of payment at the door is check or cash (exact change please).   

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
54:44

Are You Lawyering or Laboring

This program will provide you with the seven steps to reduce interruptions and chores for a highly productive law firm. You'll learn how to identify distractions and reduce them, understand communicat... Read More »
This program will provide you with the seven steps to reduce interruptions and chores for a highly productive law firm. You'll learn how to identify distractions and reduce them, understand communications systems that help you manage the business side of running a law firm or solo practice, how to start using those systems and how to maximize their impact.

Date Recorded: September 10, 2019

Speakers: Maddy Martin

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsGeneralLaw Practice Management
1:59:30

Are Your PC and Data Secure What Cyber Security Means to Today's Lawyer

Most attorneys glaze over when they hear the words "cyber security." Some think the phrase has something to do with "cyber warfare" and others think that it is only of concern to IT professionals to h... Read More »
Most attorneys glaze over when they hear the words "cyber security." Some think the phrase has something to do with "cyber warfare" and others think that it is only of concern to IT professionals to handle.  Those notions are not entirely true, as cyber security directly impacts every practicing attorney.
 
In this seminar, attendees will learn, in layman terms, what cyber security means to the modern day practice of law. Those who attend will learn safe and secure practices to implement on their network and/or PCs. In addition to IT professionals, two ACBA members will be on the panel and talk about implementing cyber security practices within their own law offices.

Date Recorded: November 14, 2019

Speakers: Harry Rosensteel, Kathleen Schneider, Alicia Slade

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
1:54:12

Asylum Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers

Immigration law is getting more attention now than at any time in recent memory. Attorneys in all practice areas get questions from clients on this topic; this program will teach the basics of immigra... Read More »
Immigration law is getting more attention now than at any time in recent memory. Attorneys in all practice areas get questions from clients on this topic; this program will teach the basics of immigration and asylum law, specifically designed for attorneys in other practice areas who do not routinely handle these cases. Participants will be encouraged to take on pro bono asylum cases with the assistance of experienced immigration practitioners.

Date Recorded: February 11, 2019

Speakers: Adrian Roe, Jacqueline Martinez, Keith Whitson, Robert Whitehill

Moderators: Matthew Phillips

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
1:01:15

Attorney Office Space - Options and Considerations

An expert panel will discuss strategies and options to consider when deciding where to locate your practice and finding suitable space for your particular needs. The factors to consider in deciding am... Read More »
An expert panel will discuss strategies and options to consider when deciding where to locate your practice and finding suitable space for your particular needs. The factors to consider in deciding among those many options will be covered.

Date Recorded: September 20, 2019

Speakers: Gregory Teufel

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
1:52:42

Bankruptcy Basics for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner

Bankruptcy law is its own, specialized practice area filled with its own procedures, concepts and dynamics. However, bankruptcy is also a practice area that overlaps with many other practice areas, me... Read More »
Bankruptcy law is its own, specialized practice area filled with its own procedures, concepts and dynamics. However, bankruptcy is also a practice area that overlaps with many other practice areas, meaning all attorneys should know the basics.

This program will discuss the bankruptcy basics of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 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. Any attorney who has cases or clients where bankruptcy may be an issue or a concern should not miss this CLE.

Date Recorded: March 5, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Carlota Bohm, Judith Fitzgerald, Robert Bernstein

Moderators: Abagale Steidl

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Practice Areas: BankruptcyBusiness Law
1:01:42

Best Practices for Working with Intellectual Property Damages Experts

Expert witnesses often play a critical role in intellectual property litigation proceedings. From assisting in discovery, formulating financial analyses and determining damages, to testifying at depos... Read More »
Expert witnesses often play a critical role in intellectual property litigation proceedings. From assisting in discovery, formulating financial analyses and determining damages, to testifying at deposition and trial, experts can provide the information and insight necessary to make or break a case.

This program explores best practices litigators should consider when looking to retain and working with IP damages experts. Learn from two experts at BDO as to how you may be able to leverage an expert's skills and experience in order to help secure a favorable outcome for your client.

Date Recorded: August 31, 2020

Speakers: James Carroll, David Duski

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
59:22

Biggest Mistakes Made by Trial Lawyers

History shows that lawyers continually make big mistakes during trials, which negatively influences the jury and/or judge. The Honorable Beth Lazzara has had extensive experience in the courtroom a... Read More »
History shows that lawyers continually make big mistakes during trials, which negatively influences the jury and/or judge.

The Honorable Beth Lazzara has had extensive experience in the courtroom as an advocate and as a trial judge, and she's sharing lessons learned to members of the bar to help lawyers avoid committing these blunders.

Specifics to be covered include:


Professionalism or how to act in the courtroom to positively influence
The significance of being prepared
How to exude positive presence in the courtroom for the benefit of your client
The importance of passionate advocacy
How to be a better trial lawyer.

It does not matter how long you have been a trial lawyer, this program will help make you a better one. Judge Lazzara will remind attendees of the rules that attorneys know, but sometimes forget to follow. She will also cover new techniques that even experienced trial attorneys might not be aware of.

This program is a must for any trial lawyer.

Date Recorded: August 26, 2020

Speakers: Hon. Beth Lazzara

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
58:25

Client Conversations That Connect Planning and Philanthropy

For many, philanthropy is a big part of estate planning. This program will offer guidance for attorneys on how to have conversations related to philanthropy and estate planning. The panel will disc... Read More »
For many, philanthropy is a big part of estate planning. This program will offer guidance for attorneys on how to have conversations related to philanthropy and estate planning.

The panel will discuss starting and having the client discussion. How much do you know about your client? How much do you know about your charitable community? How much do you know about planning options and techniques?

Other specifics to be covered include:

What's happening to create these opportunities
Disclaiming a charitable remainder trust interest
Why and when to convert a private foundation
The SECURE Act and changes that can foster charitable planning
Estate planning strategies

Date Recorded: August 25, 2020

Speakers: R. Douglas DeNardo, Gregory Allison

Moderators: Kate McKenzie

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
1:46:10

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age Is There an App for That

We all live in a world of constant technological advancement, and the law is forced to advance and adapt with this rapid growth. However, the law often struggles to keep pace with the ever-changing, t... Read More »
We all live in a world of constant technological advancement, and the law is forced to advance and adapt with this rapid growth. However, the law often struggles to keep pace with the ever-changing, technological world. This seminar will afford attendees the knowledge necessary to effectively handle criminal cases involving modern technology including warrantless cell phone tower ping searches, facial recognition software and recreational drone use.

Date Recorded: August 29, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Lisa Lenihan, Hon. Kevin Sasinoski, Laurel Gift, Michael Comber, David Berardinelli, Corey Bauer

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologyCriminal Litigation
58:37

Coronavirus and Your Mental Health

You are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether on television, social media or in your community networks. During uncertain times like these, anxiety, stress, fear and... Read More »
You are most likely being bombarded with messages about the Coronavirus, whether on television, social media or in your community networks. During uncertain times like these, anxiety, stress, fear and negative thoughts can easily take control.

You may be worried about being in crowds or about your loved ones, seniors and clients. You are likely concerned about your finances, practice or how to manage a quarantine.

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, even prior to the pandemic. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that one out of three attorneys will likely have a need for substance use counseling or mental health services at some point in their careers. Accordingly, unexpected events like the Coronavirus will have an even greater impact on lawyers.

In light of this unprecedented crisis and its far reaching impact, this program will cover:


• The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on anxiety, stress and depression. The speaker will describe some of the ways to reduce or alleviate these conditions, which have become commonplace among members of the legal profession.

• The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students, all of which are still fully available during the Coronavirus epidemic.

• 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 and 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.

• How best to approach the impaired individual who may be in need of help.

Date Recorded: April 15, 2020

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
1:53:55

COVID in Schools from the Perspective of Pennsylvania Teachers

There are countless legal angles regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but this program will take a look at the issue from the point of view of Pennsylvania teachers and educators. A panel featuring a r... Read More »
There are countless legal angles regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but this program will take a look at the issue from the point of view of Pennsylvania teachers and educators.

A panel featuring a retired public school teacher-turned-attorney, an attorney representing members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) and an ethics trainer with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association will cover an array of related topics, including:

-Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 6-4-20 "preliminary guidelines" for re-opening schools
-The concerns Pennsylvania Educators have on re-opening schools during COVID
-Changes to Arbitration Hearing Process for Section 1133 Terminations during COVID
-PDE's record setting number of Educator Misconduct Complaints in recent years
-PMEA's ethics training today
-Professional Standards and Practices Commission January, 2020 recommendation to Pa. State
-Board of Education for mandatory ethics training for Pennsylvania Educators
-PDE discipline process for educator misconduct complaints before commission
-Pennsylvania professional code of practices and conduct for educators
-Sample ethics training slideshow and case study for Pennsylvania educators

This CLE is ideal not only for solicitors representing schools and educational institutions, but also attorneys who are parents of school aged children.

Date Recorded: July 16, 2020

Speakers: Thomas Bailey, Noah Jordan, Paul Fox

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Practice Area: School & Municipal
58:24

COVID-19 Tax Update

This program will offer a tax-focused update on recent legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The seminar will cover paycheck protection program loans, tax credits available to employe... Read More »
This program will offer a tax-focused update on recent legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The seminar will cover paycheck protection program loans, tax credits available to employers under the CARES Act, payroll tax deferral and changes made to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Date Recorded: July 28, 2020

Speakers: Christine Green

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:03:40

Criminal Law for the Non-Criminal Attorney

This CLE is intended to provide attorneys who do not practice criminal law the basics on what happens to individuals who enter the Criminal Justice System. Many attorneys will at some point in their c... Read More »
This CLE is intended to provide attorneys who do not practice criminal law the basics on what happens to individuals who enter the Criminal Justice System. Many attorneys will at some point in their career get questions from friends, current clients, or potential clients about that individual's criminal case. This program will provide attorneys with the information necessary to keep their client safe until they can speak with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense. The program will cover the following specifics.


The Criminal Justice System Process – It is important for an attorney who does not regularly practice in criminal defense to understand where the defendant is in the process before being able to have an informed discussion with the individual.

Diversion Programs and Specialty Courts – This segment involves specialty courts and programs such as Mental Health Court, Drug Court and ARD). Many attorneys are unaware of the full options available to criminal defendants. It can be useful for these defendants to understand that they will have opportunities to handle whatever problems that lead to their involvement in the Criminal Justice System rather than worrying that they will automatically be locked away. This could also be useful to instruct clients who have mental health issues or got caught up in the opioid crisis to seek treatment before the case gets too far as that may help their case going forward.

Should a defendant speak to the police? – Whether a defendant should ever speak with police and their rights when police call an individual to the police station will be discussed. Many times, defendants do not understand their rights in relation to police questioning or interrogation. Attorneys should know the basic rights involved and explain how a defendant can clearly invoke these rights before the defendant goes to speak with police without consulting a criminal defense attorney first.

Preservation of Evidence – By the time a criminal defendant gets to a preliminary hearing, any videos or witnesses could have easily been erased or disappeared. It is imperative to the criminal defendant to preserve as much evidence as possible before speaking with a criminal defense attorney, and attorneys can save their clients potential criminal consequences by offering this advice.

Incarcerated Clients – Attorneys who do not practice criminal defense are likely unaware of the effects of bond or other matters, such as detainers, on the ability of a client to attend court hearings or the pressure of a client to plead to an offense that may affect their rights in a civil or family court lawsuit.

Date Recorded: January 28, 2019

Speakers: Anne Marie Mancuso, Professor David Harris, Francis Wymard

Moderators: James Baker

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Practice Areas: Criminal LitigationGeneral
1:30:43

Crisis Communication - A Guide for Safeguarding Brand Equity Amid COVID-19

Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. This is evident now, more than ever, as the globe deals with a pandemic. But, whe... Read More »
Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. This is evident now, more than ever, as the globe deals with a pandemic. But, whether they are accidental, financial, legal or something else entirely, there is one thing that all affected businesses and people have in common: a critical need for a crisis response.

In the 21st century, crisis communication is driven by today's fast-paced, digital environment. Crisis communication requires specialized strategic and tactical knowledge, skills and experience. The challenges posed by a 24/7 news cycle, the internet, and increased pressure from internal and external stakeholders demand a holistic crisis response that transcends the legal framework.

By attending this CLE class, attorneys will develop a deeper understanding of core crisis communication concepts and tools, gain valuable insight into harnessing the power of traditional and social media in times of crisis, and learn how crisis communication and legal strategies complement one another.

Date Recorded: June 8, 2020

Speakers: Anne Linaberger, Oliver Schmidt

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Practice Areas: Law Practice ManagementGeneral
1:58:24

Crisis Communication:A Guide for Safeguarding Brand Equity, Reputation & Bottom Line

Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. But, whether they are accidental, financial, legal, or otherwise, there is one th... Read More »
Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. But, whether they are accidental, financial, legal, or otherwise, there is one thing that all affected businesses and people have in common: a critical need for a crisis response that includes effective communication with key stakeholders.

In the 21st century, crisis communication is driven by today's fast-paced, digital environment. Crisis communication requires specialized strategic and tactical knowledge, skills and experience. The challenges posed by a 24/7 news cycle, the internet, and increased pressure from internal and external stakeholders demand a holistic crisis response that transcends the legal framework.

By attending this CLE class, attorneys will develop a deeper understanding of core crisis communication concepts and tools, gain valuable insight into harnessing the power of traditional and social media in times of crisis, and learn how crisis communication and legal strategies complement one another.

Date Recorded: June 5, 2019

Speakers: Oliver Schmidt, Anne Linaberger

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Practice Areas: GeneralLaw Practice Management
59:03

Divorce Law 101

Interested in family law but want a refresher on the basics? Want to help those in need with simple divorces? This program will cover the basic procedural steps and other considerations needed to o... Read More »
Interested in family law but want a refresher on the basics? Want to help those in need with simple divorces?

This program will cover the basic procedural steps and other considerations needed to obtain a divorce. Those attending this program will be able to volunteer for the ACBF Divorce Law Project and assist low-income clients obtain divorces.

The program will review how the ACBF Divorce Law Project works, the procedures for filing for divorce and the special rules for serving defendants in family law cases. Sample forms and correspondence for representing clients through the ACBF Divorce Law Project and the factors to consider whether a simple divorce is appropriate also will be covered.

Date Recorded: October 3, 2019

Speakers: Christine Gale, John Scialabba, Patricia Jones

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Practice Area: Family Law
58:05

Does Your Brand Have Bandwidth

In 2019, an attorney's "brand" is, in many ways, as important as his or her legal knowledge. This program will take a holistic view on how clients find - and engage - with your brand in today's day-an... Read More »
In 2019, an attorney's "brand" is, in many ways, as important as his or her legal knowledge. This program will take a holistic view on how clients find - and engage - with your brand in today's day-and age. Specific topics to be covered include brands and brandwidth, offline brand vs. online brand, and crucial metrics that illustrate the importance of an attorney's brand. Additionally, the seven trends attorneys need to recognize for the future will be covered.

Date Recorded: September 18, 2019

Speakers: Michael Beitcher, Mark Melago

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Practice Areas: GeneralSole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
59:09

Education in the Era of COVID-19

The Coronavirus crisis is impacting multiple areas of society, including education. During this program, experienced attorneys will address the changing legal landscape of education as a result of ... Read More »
The Coronavirus crisis is impacting multiple areas of society, including education.

During this program, experienced attorneys will address the changing legal landscape of education as a result of pandemic-driven school closures. This CLE will provide relevant and timely information for attorneys with school clients and attorneys who are experiencing these changes on a more personal level as parents.

Specific topics to be addressed include distance learning, special education compliance, school policies and uncertainties facing schools as the 2020-2021 school year approaches, with a focus on the economic forecast and budgeting.

Date Recorded: May 20, 2020

Speakers: Annemarie Harr Eagle, Megan Turnbull, Aimee Zundel

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Practice Area: School & Municipal
1:06:40

Electronic Evidence: Collecting, Preserving and Reviewing Critical Information

In today's day-and-age, electronic evidence is a critical aspect of many types of cases. The type and location of electronic evidence and data that may be relevant in an employee investigation or t... Read More »
In today's day-and-age, electronic evidence is a critical aspect of many types of cases.

The type and location of electronic evidence and data that may be relevant in an employee investigation or trade secret lawsuit is ever growing and changing. Employers and employees routinely use business and personal computers and email, mobile devices containing call logs, texts, photos, HR and accounting databases, ShareFile, as well as Microsoft Teams, Slack, Instagram, cloud storage, Google Docs, WhatsApp, and other applications. And that's just some of them.

Potentially relevant evidence may be exclusively in the control of the employer, while other relevant data may reside solely with an employee or third party. During this presentation, electronic evidence experts from bit-x-bit will discuss how they forensically collect, preserve and review data on a variety of devices, platforms and systems.

Date Recorded: February 6, 2020

Speakers: Brett Creasy, Joseph Decker

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
57:51

Emeritus Status in Pennsylvania

Retired attorneys can continue to use their skills to assist individuals with low incomes under Pennsylvania's emeritus rule. Adopted by the Pa. Supreme Court in 2018, the rule allows retired attorney... Read More »
Retired attorneys can continue to use their skills to assist individuals with low incomes under Pennsylvania's emeritus rule. Adopted by the Pa. Supreme Court in 2018, the rule allows retired attorneys to be specially licensed for the purpose of doing pro bono work. Join a informative panel and learn about the history and purpose of the rule, as well as the process for obtaining emeritus status. Attorneys who have completed the process will discuss their experiences. Attendees also will learn about volunteer opportunities to put their licenses to work, and about the resources available from the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

Specific topics to be covered include:


Pennsylvania Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement 403
Pennsylvania CLE Rule 105(d)
Process for obtaining emeritus status
Practice tips for emeritus attorneys
Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1
Volunteer opportunities and resources for pro bono attorneys

Date Recorded: September 14, 2020

Speakers: Zelda Curtis, Jennifer Fox Rabold, Barbara Griffin, Thomas Farrell

Moderators: Kathryn McKee

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Practice Areas: Pro BonoGeneral
1:27:30

Equitable Distribution of Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights in Family Law

In Western Pennsylvania, many people include oil and gas rights among their assets. Equitable distribution of oil and gas rights presents unique and complicated issues. This program will examine an... Read More »
In Western Pennsylvania, many people include oil and gas rights among their assets.

Equitable distribution of oil and gas rights presents unique and complicated issues. This program will examine and discuss practical solutions to these challenges, including the severance of oil/gas rights, the carving out of executive rights and the need for accurate and reliable valuation reports.

Date Recorded: August 1, 2019

Speakers: Robert Burnett, Lisa Petruzzi

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Practice Areas: Family LawEnvironment & EnergyProbate & Trust
56:50

Ethical Considerations in Drafting Contracts

Drafting contracts is one of the core job functions for many attorneys. But how often do you stop to consider the ethical implications that attorneys should follow when drafting these documents? This ... Read More »
Drafting contracts is one of the core job functions for many attorneys. But how often do you stop to consider the ethical implications that attorneys should follow when drafting these documents? This program examines these ethical dynamics.

Specifically, this course will present a study of inadvertent unilateral and joint drafting errors; intentional modification of "standard" forms; incorrect recitations of law; and omissions by error of an agreed-upon term, and the ethical duties of the drafting and receiving lawyers in each situation. Additionally, practice strategies to guard against such situations will be discussed. Specifics to be covered include:


Competence – knowing what you're doing.
Conflicts of Interest.
Doing business with client.
Dealing with unrepresented persons.
Conduct involving dishonesty fraud deceit and misrepresentation.

This course includes citation to numerous applicable model rules and state rules.

The discussion will be led by Claude Ducloux, who has four decades of experience as a civil litigator and is now a nationally recognized legal educator.

Date Recorded: May 28, 2019

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Areas: GeneralBusiness Law
1:57:06

Ethical Considerations in Family Law Custody Litigation

By their nature, custody cases bring about substantial ethical dilemmas: Your eyes pop open from sleep at 2 a.m. You cannot stop thinking about your client advising you that she has a record from 1... Read More »
By their nature, custody cases bring about substantial ethical dilemmas:

Your eyes pop open from sleep at 2 a.m. You cannot stop thinking about your client advising you that she has a record from 15 years before her child was born. She had to support herself as a prostitute, but she will deny it at trial if she is asked. Now what?

Can a judge search social media sites or court dockets about parties to an action? If so, can that information be used in deciding the case if not presented in evidence?

If you are appointed as a GAL, where do your ethical duties lie?

Can or should a psychologist testify about a client who is a minor? If so, to what extent?

Litigating, negotiating and adjudicating custody cases often present thorny ethical/professional questions. Judges have to know not only the rules that govern their conduct, but also the conduct of lawyers and psychologists. All of this can impact how the issue of best interest of the child is decided.
During this program, the panel will feature an attorney experienced in handling ethical issues for lawyers, a professor who teaches issues related to judicial ethics and a psychologist knowledgeable in the area of ethics for psychologists.

The program aims to discuss the intersection of these issues in custody litigation. For example, attorneys are subject to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6 on confidentiality. An attorney serving as Guardian ad Litem will necessarily have a different perspective on confidentiality. A Judge will have to comply with Code of Judicial Conduct 2.9 on ex-parte communication and 2.3 on bias and prejudice — all while balancing her responsibility to determine the best interest of the child.

Date Recorded: November 20, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Kathleen Mulligan, Hon. Alexander Bicket, Amy Coco, Samuel Schachner

Moderators: Hon. Jennifer Satler

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Practice Area: Family Law
1:03:04

Examining Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

The ADA Amendments Act and its state law equivalents (such as the PHRA) require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees – including those with disabilities – to perform the ess... Read More »
The ADA Amendments Act and its state law equivalents (such as the PHRA) require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees – including those with disabilities – to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

This CLE will address the specifics of the interactive process and when certain accommodations are "reasonable" or should be denied. Panelists will discuss a wide range of typical requests made by employees for equipment (standing desks, special screens, special key boards, etc.), leaves of absence, elimination of certain parts of their jobs, modified work schedules, work-from-home arrangements, and special travel requests (i.e. first class or ability to Uber to client sites instead of drive).

The discussion also will review the information that employers should obtain from employees when evaluating the reasonableness of the requests.

Date Recorded: April 5, 2019

Speakers: Jaime Tuite, Nikki Velisaris Lykos

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologyDiversity & InclusionLaw & Disability
1:03:06

Fair Housing Rights and Responsibilities: Reasonable Accommodations

Few topics in real estate are more important than fair housing. During this program, representatives from the City of Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations will discuss the following: The Comm... Read More »
Few topics in real estate are more important than fair housing. During this program, representatives from the City of Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations will discuss the following:

The Commission, its jurisdiction, and its procedures
Fair housing laws and their enforcement in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh
Rights and responsibilities for reasonable accommodations
Rights and responsibilities for reasonable modifications
Additionally, the program will review several real-life scenarios.

Date Recorded: May 6, 2020

Speakers: Wesley Speary, Rita Porterfield

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Practice Areas: Law & DisabilityReal Property
55:50

Financial Planning Strategies for Attorneys Nearing Retirement

Attorneys spend their entire careers saving money for retirement. But when retirement hits, it can be quite stressful to start taking those hard-earned funds out of your accounts and savings. Do yo... Read More »
Attorneys spend their entire careers saving money for retirement. But when retirement hits, it can be quite stressful to start taking those hard-earned funds out of your accounts and savings.

Do you have enough saved? When should you start drawing on your saved funds? How do government benefits impact your plan? This program will focus on financial planning strategies, particularly for those attorneys nearing retirement.

Specific points to be covered include:
How much is enough
Defining the time horizon
Defining risk shouldn't be terrifying
Locking it in or riding it out
Insurance Life Cycle
Social Security
The "Retirement Red Zone"

Date Recorded: October 29, 2019

Speakers: John Battilana, Joseph Price

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Practice Areas: GeneralProbate & Trust
58:33

Force Majeure and Defenses to Contract Performance in the COVID Landscape

The topic presentation will discuss the concept of Force Majeure, a point that was sometimes considered to be an "afterthought" of contract drafting, and how that point, along with other defenses/excu... Read More »
The topic presentation will discuss the concept of Force Majeure, a point that was sometimes considered to be an "afterthought" of contract drafting, and how that point, along with other defenses/excuses of performance, have now become important provisions to be given extra scrutiny in the COVID landscape.

The presentation will review elements of a contractual force majeure clause and related common law doctrines of frustration of purpose and impossibility/impracticability of performance.

Date Recorded: July 24, 2020

Speakers: Maxwell Briskman Stanfield

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:26:33

From Old School Bigotry to Implicit Bias - The Science of Racial Disparity

For many years, discussion of the role of race in the justice system centered on explicit racial attitudes and statements. The last 20-plus years of science have revealed a different, and more signifi... Read More »
For many years, discussion of the role of race in the justice system centered on explicit racial attitudes and statements. The last 20-plus years of science have revealed a different, and more significant, problem: implicit racial bias that found in the minds of almost everyone. This session will define explicit bias and explain what is known about it. The program also will explain where implicit bias originates and the direct and indirect impacts it has. Potential intervention strategies also will be discussed.  

Date Recorded: October 17, 2019

Speakers: Professor David Harris

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Practice Area: Diversity & Inclusion
56:04

Helping Your Law Practice Thrive During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the practice of law, from working remotely to virtual client meetings to promoting your online office. This program will offer strategies designed to help yo... Read More »
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the practice of law, from working remotely to virtual client meetings to promoting your online office. This program will offer strategies designed to help your practice thrive amid the pandemic.

Digital marketing and legal research professionals will discuss ways your law firm can adapt – and even thrive – amid the new working environment. The panel will discuss topics such as making sure your firm and your brand are visible, using social media and conducting meetings through online platforms and virtual resources to help firms be more flexible and thrive during these times.

Date Recorded: June 26, 2020

Speakers: Bryan Barto, Mark Melago, Craig Vaughn

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
59:55

How 'Our Family Wizard' Can Benefit the Parties/Court in Custody Litigation

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

Date Recorded: June 25, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Kim Eaton, Hon. Hugh McGough, Kevin Dorsey, Alyssa Angotti

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Practice Areas: Family LawLegal Technology
1:05:20

Impairment in the Legal Profession and What YOU Can Do About 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 compe... Read More »
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 one out of three attorneys will likely need treatment for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

In addition to a breakdown of the results of the recent ABA/Hazelden Krill report, the program will cover:

The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on depression, stress and burnout

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 and 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.
How best to approach the impaired individual.

Date Recorded: October 7, 2019

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
2:02:20

In the Squared Circle: 30 Years of Representing WWE

Attorney Jerry McDevitt has been lead outside counsel – and the personal attorney of Vince McMahon – for over 30 years. During this two-substantive credits CLE, McDevitt will cover how the relatio... Read More »
Attorney Jerry McDevitt has been lead outside counsel – and the personal attorney of Vince McMahon – for over 30 years. During this two-substantive credits CLE, McDevitt will cover how the relationship with WWE began and the nature of his role with the organization that has evolved from a regional wrestling company to a global entertainment giant.

He will discuss specific legal issues – many of which have been high-profile, media-sensitive matters – including criminal trials, wrongful death claims, libel suits, congressional investigations, sexual harassment claims, CTE lawsuit and now the rebirth of the XFL, a spring football league.

Date Recorded: May 8, 2019

Speakers: Jerry McDevitt

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Practice Areas: GeneralSports Law
1:44:08

Jury Selection and Management: An Engineered Group Dynamics Approach

Jury selection and management are among the most critical aspects of a trial. This program will examine the strategy and process of jury selection from an engineered group dynamics approach. Specific ... Read More »
Jury selection and management are among the most critical aspects of a trial. This program will examine the strategy and process of jury selection from an engineered group dynamics approach. Specific topics to be covered include:

An Engineered Group Dynamics Approach

Introduction - Before You Start
Know the strengths and weaknesses of the case
Know the first draft of your story
Know what you have to "sell"
Know who would "buy" and who would "resell"

General Principles of Group Dynamics
Social combinations
Leadership
Roles within groups

Juries as Task-Oriented Groups
Organizational dynamics in task-oriented groups
Stages in group development
Anticipating group dynamics during deliberations
Impact of decision rules on group dynamics

Effective Voir Dire
What to ask and why to ask it
Deselection and Rehabilitation

A Case Study – Plan into Action.

Date Recorded: October 25, 2019

Speakers: Jason Piatt, Sandra Kozlowski

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Practice Areas: Federal LawCriminal Litigation
4:10:12

Landlord-Tenant Mediation and Pro-Bono Training

This program is designed for those lawyers interested in becoming certified Landlord-Tenant Arbitrators, Mediators and/or volunteer lawyers who will participate with the Allegheny County Housing Court... Read More »
This program is designed for those lawyers interested in becoming certified Landlord-Tenant Arbitrators, Mediators and/or volunteer lawyers who will participate with the Allegheny County Housing Court Pilot Program.

Participants will learn from experienced landlord-tenant practitioners who will cover landlord-tenant law, the procedural rules relating to filings, establishing supersedes, appeals from magisterial district courts and evictions.

Additionally, the program will include mediation training where the key traits and best practices of a successful mediation will be explained. During the mediation training session, The Hon. Alan Hertzberg will outline factors that can be used to encourage resolution in landlord-tenant disputes.

Date Recorded: October 2, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Alan Hertzberg, Daniel Vitek, Deborah Miskovich, Antoinette Oliver, Anna Majocha

Moderators: Dianne Wainwright

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Practice Areas: GeneralReal PropertyAlternative Dispute ResolutionPro Bono
57:15

Law Firm Metrics for Strategic Decision-Making Success

Essentially all attorneys want to grow their practices. But getting there is not always a tangible process. This program will focus on the specific numbers and metrics attorneys need to make their pra... Read More »
Essentially all attorneys want to grow their practices. But getting there is not always a tangible process. This program will focus on the specific numbers and metrics attorneys need to make their practices grow.

Specific topics to be covered include:


Creating your individualized money map to get the life you want.
Dashboarding the 28 key performance indicators you need to make strategic decisions for practice/firm. (Stop guessing and only dealing with what's on fire).
Seeing how patterns provide clues to peak performance.
Getting free excel dashboards to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

Date Recorded: February 5, 2020

Speakers: Wendy Witt

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Practice Areas: Law Practice ManagementSole & Small Firms
55:56

Leveraging Change Management Principles to Optimize Legal Technology

The change management process empowers organizations to remodel traditional operating procedures, embrace innovations and acquire new, profitable skills. This includes the adoption of legal technology... Read More »
The change management process empowers organizations to remodel traditional operating procedures, embrace innovations and acquire new, profitable skills. This includes the adoption of legal technology. In fact, law firms that adopt legal technology will outperform non-adopting practices in the coming years.

With that in mind, one question remains: How can law practices best adopt legal technology and manage the changes that accompany it? This program will explain how.

Date Recorded: June 3, 2020

Speakers: Dorothy Radke

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologyLaw Practice ManagementSole & Small Firms
56:03

Life and Disability Insurance - Protecting Lawyers Families from Debt

Life and disability insurance are crucial for any attorney, yet many practitioners do not have this coverage … or not an adequate amount of it. Do you know what you need to consider when renewing... Read More »
Life and disability insurance are crucial for any attorney, yet many practitioners do not have this coverage … or not an adequate amount of it.

Do you know what you need to consider when renewing or purchasing life insurance? Have you thought about what would happen to you if you become disabled? What is the right kind of life and disability insurance coverage for you, your family and your firm?

The seminar – conducted specifically with lawyers in mind – will address life and disability insurance benefits, what coverage to look for and the options to obtain from the provider.

Hear from an industry expert from USI Affinity, and get the right questions to ask before you renew or purchase coverage.

Date Recorded: August 16, 2019

Speakers: Robert Mullett

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Practice Area: General
52:39

Life Care Plans, Medical Cost Projections & Special Damages Reports

Life care plans and medical cost projections are becoming more common in many types of legal work, including workers' compensation matters and personal injury litigation. Life care plans are dynami... Read More »
Life care plans and medical cost projections are becoming more common in many types of legal work, including workers' compensation matters and personal injury litigation.

Life care plans are dynamic documents, based on published standards that offer concise plans for current and future needs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic healthcare needs. Medical cost projections are unbiased third-party estimates on the total medical value of a claim.

During this program, experts will examine life care plans and medical cost projections and their roles in legal practice. Vocational liability cases also will be examined.

Date Recorded: September 16, 2020

Speakers: Michelle Repman-Pifer

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
1:04:15

Maintaining a Professional Law Practice While Running a Successful Business

Building a law firm takes more than just an idea and some work. It takes vision, passion and the recognition that law is not just a practice, it's a business. But it's also different than a regular bu... Read More »
Building a law firm takes more than just an idea and some work. It takes vision, passion and the recognition that law is not just a practice, it's a business. But it's also different than a regular business because lawyers have fiduciary and ethical obligations. During this program, experienced practitioners will offer tips and advice that you can implement in your own practice. The program is especially relevant for solo or small firm practitioners; go from just being a lawyer to building the business that you want to have.

Date Recorded: July 29, 2020

Speakers: Amy Coco, Nicola Henry-Taylor

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
1:20:35

Making Government Benefits Work for You: Understanding Soc.Sec. & Medicare

Everyone knows that Social Security and Medicare are important resources available to them in retirement, but few people – even highly educated individuals – really understand the details and nuan... Read More »
Everyone knows that Social Security and Medicare are important resources available to them in retirement, but few people – even highly educated individuals – really understand the details and nuances. This session will provide a detailed look at how government benefits can work for you and your spouse. Specifics to be covered include when and how to start receiving Social Security benefits, opportunities to increase your benefits throughout retirement and understanding your options and when to enroll in Medicare. This program is ideal not only for attorneys approaching retirement age, but also for attorneys of any age who want to begin to understand how these benefits can impact long-term retirement planning.

Date Recorded: October 17, 2019

Speakers: Jennifer Taboada

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Practice Area: General
53:52

Mediation in the Time of COVID-19

Things have changed in most areas of life, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that includes mediation and ADR. This interactive session will be hosted by three experienced mediators: Sally Cimini, C... Read More »
Things have changed in most areas of life, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that includes mediation and ADR.

This interactive session will be hosted by three experienced mediators: Sally Cimini, Carole Katz and Selina Shultz. They will discuss remote mediations and compare and contrast them to in-person mediations.

Specifics will include:

Description of how remote mediations by Zoom work
What's the same and what's different about in-person vs. remote mediations
Pre-work
Confidentiality and security
Joint sessions
Private separate sessions (including a demonstration of the "breakout room" Zoom function)
The flow of the typical day
Other interactions during the course of the mediation
Papering the deal

Date Recorded: May 4, 2020

Speakers: Sally Cimini, Carole Katz, Selina Shultz

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Practice Areas: GeneralAlternative Dispute Resolution
56:25

Meet You in [Corporate] Hell!

Ron Schuler, the author of "The Steel Bar," presents a one-hour substantive CLE on corporate issues arising out of the tempestuous business relationship between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. T... Read More »
Ron Schuler, the author of "The Steel Bar," presents a one-hour substantive CLE on corporate issues arising out of the tempestuous business relationship between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. The program will cover issues arising from the Johnstown Flood and the Homestead Strike through the "World's Greatest Lawsuit" and the founding of U.S. Steel. The program will examine issues such as the limits of corporate authority and powers, limited liability, buyout agreements and M&A through the lens of 19th century Pennsylvania corporation law.

Date Recorded: January 17, 2020

Speakers: Ronald Schuler

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Practice Areas: GeneralBusiness Law
1:02:00

Motivational Interview Techniques to Encourage Effective Co-Parenting

Conflicts between parents over parenting decisions can occur both before and after divorce. During this session, Dr. Deborah Gilman will discuss action-oriented processes that shift the focus to what ... Read More »
Conflicts between parents over parenting decisions can occur both before and after divorce. During this session, Dr. Deborah Gilman will discuss action-oriented processes that shift the focus to what can be done rather than simply focusing on preventing problems. The program will explore motivational interviewing techniques that encourage ownership and self-efficacy and assume competency. The course will identify cognitive and evaluative processes people apply to progress through change. It will explore core motivational skills, identify various states of readiness and identify skills to incorporate as a lawyer/mediator.

Date Recorded: September 18, 2020

Speakers: Dr. Deborah Gilman

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
51:42

Navigating Remote Depositions

The Coronavirus crisis has changed the way the world does business, including attorneys. For instance, in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the temporary suspension of physical presence of s... Read More »
The Coronavirus crisis has changed the way the world does business, including attorneys. For instance, in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the temporary suspension of physical presence of stenographers to swear in witnesses, among other changes.

As a result, remote depositions are permissible for the first time, on a temporary basis. But how does that happen, exactly?

During this program, professionals from Network Deposition Services will explore best practices for conducting a deposition remotely. Specifics to be covered include:


Options for cloud-based conference and the 'ins and outs" of the most widely used web deposition software: Zoom
The most effective methods for presenting exhibits
Ways to include participants with minimal access to technology
How to adapt your deposition style to accommodate remote methods

Date Recorded: April 28, 2020

Speakers: AJ. Simeone

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Practice Area: General
1:01:40

New Essential Changes to Pa. Guardianship Practice

From revised rules to new mandatory forms to electronic reporting, guardianship practice in Pennsylvania is changing dramatically. Attorneys and their clients must be up to date on the revisions to bo... Read More »
From revised rules to new mandatory forms to electronic reporting, guardianship practice in Pennsylvania is changing dramatically. Attorneys and their clients must be up to date on the revisions to both procedures and forms, as they relate both to pleadings and practice, as well as to the rules and duties of the guardian. This seminar will give an overview of basic guardianship practice, discuss the revised rules and procedures, and provide essential information and resources for guardians and their counsel.

Date Recorded: October 30, 2019

Speakers: Lisa Dougan, Thomas Dempsey

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
55:20

Oil and Gas Insurance Basics

This program will cover the basics of what it takes to properly manage oil and gas risks on pad sites, as well as compliance for service contractors who service the site. The program will walk through... Read More »
This program will cover the basics of what it takes to properly manage oil and gas risks on pad sites, as well as compliance for service contractors who service the site. The program will walk through why proper MSA terms are important and how risk management and transfer have evolved. Mitigating risk is a huge benefit to members of the legal community who practice in this field, and this program will cater to them. It will be a blend of how the legal works with the insurance community to protect both the oil and gas businesses and their employees.

Date Recorded: June 17, 2019

Speakers: James Miller, Phillip Glyptis

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Practice Areas: Environment & EnergyLabor & Employment
1:00:50

Oil and Gas Well Plugging Liability in Pennsylvania

This panel discussion will feature speakers with experience in a variety of important areas relating to well plugging in Pennsylvania: Jeff Walentosky is professional geologist, President and CEO o... Read More »
This panel discussion will feature speakers with experience in a variety of important areas relating to well plugging in Pennsylvania:

Jeff Walentosky is professional geologist, President and CEO of Moody and Associates, a geologic and environmental consulting firm that assists in well plugging operations and gas migration issues. Mr. Walentosky will give a technical and visual overview of the well plugging process.

Rick Watling is an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Watling will speak about a recent consent order regarding plugging obligations and liability for more than 1,400 abandoned wells.

Robert Burns is a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Mr. Burns will speak about his past experience litigating well plugging issues, the interplay between well plugging and coal operations, and updated statutory and regulatory developments regarding such interplay.

Brian Pulito is a Member at Steptoe & Johnson. Mr. Pulito will speak about recent legal developments regarding personal liability related to the failure to comply with well plugging obligations.

The discussion will be moderated by Howard Wein, Of Counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Date Recorded: May 8, 2019

Speakers: Jeff Walentosky, Rick Watling, Robert Burns, Brian Pulito

Moderators: Howard Wein

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:23:15

Optimizing COVID-19 Readiness and Organizational Response

COVID-19 has already changed how companies of all sizes do business around the globe, and those changes will continue long after the virus has passed. This webinar will focus on COVID-19 and discuss w... Read More »
COVID-19 has already changed how companies of all sizes do business around the globe, and those changes will continue long after the virus has passed. This webinar will focus on COVID-19 and discuss what management teams across industries and geographical regions should do in order to optimize their companies' COVID-19 readiness and responses.

Specifics to be covered include: organizational readiness, information collection and analysis, impact assessment and scenario planning, effective leadership in times of crisis and internal and external stakeholder communication. Other important tasks and success factors also will specifically be addressed. In addition, the webinar will provide lessons learned and an interactive question-and-answer session.

Date Recorded: April 24, 2020

Speakers: Oliver Schmidt

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Practice Areas: GeneralLaw Practice Management
59:48

Pittsburgh Real Estate Market Overview

"Work from home" is more of a thing now than ever before, and many experts think it's here to stay, at least in some capacity. Safety concerns, cleaning procedures and even elevator capacity are now m... Read More »
"Work from home" is more of a thing now than ever before, and many experts think it's here to stay, at least in some capacity. Safety concerns, cleaning procedures and even elevator capacity are now major factors in the workplace.

What impact does all of this have on the market for downtown office space?

During this highly visual presentation, Dan Adamski, Senior Managing Director at JLL Pittsburgh, will provide an update on how the Pittsburgh market has been affected by the global pandemic, with special focus on law firms. Adamski will also offer a guide to re-entering the office, and how tenants can navigate the new market dynamics.

Date Recorded: August 26, 2020

Speakers: Dan Adamski, Tobiah Bilski, Nick Francic

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Practice Areas: Real PropertyConstruction Law
3:02:11

Planning an Exit Strategy for Lawyers of All Ages

Have you thought of the day when you no longer want to practice law? It's only natural for all lawyers to think about this. But stopping your practice will involve a well-thought-out "exit strategy." ... Read More »
Have you thought of the day when you no longer want to practice law? It's only natural for all lawyers to think about this. But stopping your practice will involve a well-thought-out "exit strategy." Have you given this any thought?

When you completed your most recent Pennsylvania attorney registration form, you were asked whether you had a Succession Plan. In order to protect your clients' interests, as well as to protect your family and your own interests, you should prepare a Succession Plan for the time when you leave the practice of law.

Whether you're close to that point of your career or not, it's important to start thinking about and understand the dynamics that go into an exit strategy.

This seminar will help attendees understand the whys and hows of leaving the practice, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, the steps that are required to take, and other steps attorneys should consider taking. By the end of this seminar, attendees will have already begun to plan an exit strategy and have an understanding of what happens if you do not plan. Attendees also will have an understanding of the resources available to help with this process. This seminar will address issues that apply to lawyers of all ages, no matter the size of the firm or years of experience, and whether to considering retiring or simply changing careers.

Date Recorded: December 19, 2019

Speakers: Angela Mitas, James Ryan, Keith Cameron, Dr. Samuel Schachner, William Friedman, Michelle Logan, Amy Coco

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
2:00:35

Police Misconduct Update: SCOTUS, Third Circuit and Western District

This CLE program will provide a substantive update on police misconduct cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of... Read More »
This CLE program will provide a substantive update on police misconduct cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. The program will cover cases from Jan. 1, 2018 to the present. Included topics will be qualified immunity, excessive force, first amendment retaliatory arrest, malicious prosecution and officer-involved shootings.

Date Recorded: April 23, 2019

Speakers: Alexander Wright, Scott Dunlop

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Practice Areas: Federal LawDiversity & Inclusion
1:01:27

POWER Act Pro Bono Representation for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The POWER Act, passed by U.S. Congress in 2019, requires the chief judge for each judicial district to conduct public events to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dati... Read More »
The POWER Act, passed by U.S. Congress in 2019, requires the chief judge for each judicial district to conduct public events to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The Act also requires the judge to organize public events aimed specifically at survivors belonging to trial organizations, if any live within their jurisdiction. A chief judge must, in conducting public events, seek to maximize the local impact and the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services to survivors, according to the Act.

This program will bring awareness to domestic violence situations in the community and provide opportunities for members of the bar to offer pro bono legal services to survivors.

Date Recorded: June 18, 2020

Speakers: Susan Abramowich, Hon. Maria McLaughlin, Margaret Prescott, Hon. David Spurgeon

Moderators: Hon. Cynthia Eddy

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Practice Areas: Family LawFederal LawPro Bono
56:00

Presenting With Impact: How to Hit Your Points While Keeping Them Awake

This CLE will offer advice, tips and strategies for giving a presentation … not just any presentation, but one that is impactful, memorable and, well, interesting. Specific topics to be covered i... Read More »
This CLE will offer advice, tips and strategies for giving a presentation … not just any presentation, but one that is impactful, memorable and, well, interesting.

Specific topics to be covered include:

Ways of removing stress from presenting.
Ideas for keeping your audience engaged.
Goals for how much to present and how to present it.
The beginning, the middle and the end: how to build your presentation with purpose.
Building an effective PowerPoint.
Knowing the topic and selling your points.
Understanding and gauging your audience.

Date Recorded: March 5, 2019

Speakers: Erin May, A.J. Simeone

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Practice Area: General
54:06

Remote Work and Mobile Devices: Is Your Data Safe?

With the recent shift to increased remote work, the frequency of business conducted via mobile devices undoubtedly has increased as well, exposing users to critical risks, including data loss, cyber-a... Read More »
With the recent shift to increased remote work, the frequency of business conducted via mobile devices undoubtedly has increased as well, exposing users to critical risks, including data loss, cyber-attacks and exfiltration of corporate assets.

This webinar, led by a certified forensic analyst and senior attorney, will detail best practices for mitigating the risks of mobile device usage, as well as recovery of deleted information and remote collection of mobile data. In addition, the webinar will review important new guidance on ethical considerations facing lawyers managing client matters remotely.

Date Recorded: May 27, 2020

Speakers: Brett Creasy, John Unice

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Practice Areas: GeneralLegal Technology
58:15

Selecting Construction Arbitrators - Issues and Considerations

Selecting the arbitrator(s) is one of the most important decisions for all parties involved in construction arbitration proceedings. During this program, the panel, led by Michael Marra and Louis Mart... Read More »
Selecting the arbitrator(s) is one of the most important decisions for all parties involved in construction arbitration proceedings. During this program, the panel, led by Michael Marra and Louis Martinez, from AAA will discuss key considerations in making this decision from the point of view of both the AAA, as well as from that of arbitrators and counsel. Specific topics to be covered include:

Arbitrator experience
Case management skills
Approach to discovery
Dynamics within a tribunal

Date Recorded: April 15, 2019

Speakers: Albert Bates, Amy Coles, Michael Marra, Luis Martinez

Moderators: Sunu Pillai

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Practice Area: Construction Law
57:55

Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Liability Threats

This program will examine ways to minimize the threat of professional liability claims, with focus on attorneys in small and mid-sized firms. An expert panel will cover topics such as managing firm... Read More »
This program will examine ways to minimize the threat of professional liability claims, with focus on attorneys in small and mid-sized firms.

An expert panel will cover topics such as managing firm finances in today's legal market, ethically limiting the scope of your legal representations and strategically documenting files to enhance defenses against professional liability claims.

Attorneys have access to highly sensitive information and large sums of money, and although they are experts in many areas, many are not on the cutting edge of new technology. Recognizing this, hackers have set their sights on the legal profession in recent years. As a result, the cyber threat to law firms has never been higher.

Specifics to be covered include:

Recommended actions to manage firm finances
A review of limiting scope in engagement letters
Proper documentation benefits
The evolving legal and ethical duties of attorneys to protect against cyber incidents
An examination of several phishing tactics adapted from real cyber claims

Date Recorded: September 26, 2019

Speakers: Sean Ginty

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Practice Areas: GeneralSole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
54:52

Supreme Court Update: Cases of Interest to Labor and Employment Practitioners

In this popular annual program, attorney Terry Murphy will provide his Annual Update of U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Interest to Labor Employment Practitioners from the 2018-19 term. The Update will di... Read More »
In this popular annual program, attorney Terry Murphy will provide his Annual Update of U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Interest to Labor Employment Practitioners from the 2018-19 term. The Update will discuss recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, it will examine Supreme Court trends, and what they could mean for future cases.

Date Recorded: September 23, 2019

Speakers: Terrence Murphy

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
58:01

Tax Update: Long-Awaited Final and Proposed Section 163(j) Regulations

In July, the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final regulations under section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code"). As enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), ... Read More »
In July, the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final regulations under section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code").

As enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and as amended by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (P.L. 116-136) (the "CARES Act"), section 163(j) generally limits the deductibility of net business interest expense to 30 percent of adjusted taxable income for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

The final regulations remove a number of problematic items from the overbroad definition of interest in the Proposed Regulations. The result is a definition of interest that is more consistent with other parts of the Code and general tax principles and generally will be easier to implement for taxpayers Specific topics to be covered include the basic architecture of the regulations, key substantive provisions, changes from prior regulations, remaining key open questions, effective dates. The program will be geared towards tax and finance professionals in either a client service role or an in-house role.

Date Recorded: September 21, 2020

Speakers: Michael Bauer, Thomas Carpenter

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:05:07

Technology in Your Practice

An expert speaker will discuss the different technology tools and options that lawyers use in practicing law and in managing their practices, some of the differences between managing smaller and large... Read More »
An expert speaker will discuss the different technology tools and options that lawyers use in practicing law and in managing their practices, some of the differences between managing smaller and larger firms, the costs - and pros and cons - of different technology tools and options.

Date Recorded: September 10, 2019

Speakers: Carter Hoel

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Practice Areas: Legal TechnologySole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
1:01:15

The ABCs of CBAs in Pro Sports

The ABCs of CBAs in Pro Sports In today's day and age, professional sports are just as much about contracts and agents as they are about, well, sports. This program will cover the basics of the Col... Read More »
The ABCs of CBAs in Pro Sports

In today's day and age, professional sports are just as much about contracts and agents as they are about, well, sports. This program will cover the basics of the Collective Bargaining Agreements for both the National Football Association and Major League Baseball.

MLB
Jay Reisinger, an ACBA member and sports agent, will discuss MLB's 2017-21 Basic Agreement, which governs the relationship between the 30 MLB clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association. This agreement contained a number of revised provisions that have had a significant impact on both the players and clubs. The specific new provisions to be discussed include:

The revised Competitive Balance Tax has reduced spending by the top revenue clubs, which has created a drain on players' salaries.
The CBA also imposed a cap on spending in the international market, which has had a dramatic effect on international player contracts, especially in the Cuban market.
The Domestic Violence Policy was amended and players are now required to produce any non-disclosure agreements that relate to accusations of domestic violence.

NFL
On the football side, ACBA member and agent Dan Kunz will speak about the National Football League's CBA, which is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season. This portion of the program will specifically address issues related to the expiring contract, including:

The likelihood (or not) of an NFL work stoppage
Historic NFL work stoppages and whether they can help predict the future
The players' wish list for the upcoming CBA
*Lunch will be served.

Date Recorded: March 22, 2019

Speakers: Daniel Kunz, Jay Reisinger

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Practice Area: Sports Law
59:30

The Continued Evolution of Title IX: Highlights of the New Regulations

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' new Title IX regulations – published May 6, 2020 and effective August 14, 2020 – will substantially change the requirements for the handling of se... Read More »
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' new Title IX regulations – published May 6, 2020 and effective August 14, 2020 – will substantially change the requirements for the handling of sexual misconduct claims in all institutions that provide educational programs or activities and accept federal funds. Institutional policies, processes and practices surrounding sexual misconduct will all be impacted. As a result, litigation may increase, and litigation strategies will evolve.

In this session, lawyers representing higher education institutions, K-12 schools and teaching hospitals, as well as those representing individuals, will learn from those in the field about the key regulatory changes, balancing the important legal obligations and rights, and other practical tips.

Date Recorded: June 1, 2020

Speakers: Pamela Connelly, Jennifer Fink, Stephen Gilson

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Practice Areas: GeneralSchool & Municipal
1:57:42

The Do's and Don'ts of Family Law Master's Practice

Attendees will meet the new masters sitting on Allegheny County family court and learn the "do's and don'ts" of practicing in front of them. During the program, each master will run through what to do... Read More »
Attendees will meet the new masters sitting on Allegheny County family court and learn the "do's and don'ts" of practicing in front of them. During the program, each master will run through what to do - and what not to do - when practicing in front of them. Major topics will include an overview of master's practice and procedure; drafting pre-trial statements; preparing for conciliations prior to trial; and parsing out relevant evidence and testimony at trial. Additionally, how best to prepare a case for presentation to the master for complex support, equitable distribution and enforcement issues will be covered

Date Recorded: May 8, 2019

Speakers: Melaine Shannon Rothey, Serena Newsom, Tricia Sorg

Moderators: Zach Gordon

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Practice Area: Family Law
57:15

The En Banc Process in Superior and Commonwealth Court

An appellant who has lost before a panel of the Superior or Commonwealth Court and seeks further consideration of his or her legal argument is faced with several options. In addition to proceeding imm... Read More »
An appellant who has lost before a panel of the Superior or Commonwealth Court and seeks further consideration of his or her legal argument is faced with several options. In addition to proceeding immediately to an allocatur petition in the Supreme Court, the unsuccessful appellant can first petition the Superior or Commonwealth Court for reconsideration or re-argument before the court en banc, when the case is heard before all judges of the court.

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

Date Recorded: July 30, 2020

Speakers: Temp Smith, Christopher Parker, Corrie Woods, Hon. Patricia McCullough, Hon. Victor Stabile

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
59:00

The Impaired Lawyer - A Call for Action

Recent studies show that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The Education and Outreach Co... Read More »
Recent studies show that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession.
The Education and Outreach Coordinator from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss the early warning signs of impairment and how best to approach impaired individuals. The LCL services that are available to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students will also be detailed. A practicing lawyer with over 40 years of experience will share his story of addiction and impairment and the role that LCL played in saving his life and restoring his place in the legal profession.
 
This program will educate the bar with scientifically based information about a disease that, if left untreated, can be fatal but with proper treatment have a good prognosis for recovery.

Date Recorded: January 28, 2019

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Areas: GeneralHealth and Wellness
2:02:08

The Life of a Labor Contract: Negotiating the Contract

The actual negotiating of a collective bargaining agreement is the bread-and-butter of an attorney's role in labor contracts. These negotiations are the reason many attorneys go into this practice are... Read More »
The actual negotiating of a collective bargaining agreement is the bread-and-butter of an attorney's role in labor contracts. These negotiations are the reason many attorneys go into this practice area.

The process of free collective bargaining is a high-stakes, demanding and intricate process with its fair share of gamesmanship and ethical challenges. Forces from outside the bargaining table, intransigent personalities within the ranks, or internal political drama are just some of the challenges that test the patience and reputation of the negotiator.

This program will explore – through the prism of a panel of local labor attorneys – what they were never taught in law school about the process of free collective bargaining.

Specifics to be covered include:

Preparing for negotiations
Formulation of Proposals
Legal considerations concerning conduct at the negotiating table
Key issues in contemporary bargaining
Contract costing concepts
Unwritten rules of bargaining etiquette and/or engagement

Date Recorded: March 13, 2020

Speakers: Brian Balonick, Amanda Bundick, Noah Jordan, Carsen Ruperto, John Yoedt

Moderators: Fulton Miklos

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
48:43

The Numbers You Need to Know to Double Your Revenue

Wendy Witt, an ACBA member and nationally recognized attorney coach, helps attorneys build million dollar practices.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn the numbers and tangible m... Read More »
Wendy Witt, an ACBA member and nationally recognized attorney coach, helps attorneys build million dollar practices.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn the numbers and tangible metrics you need to know to duble your revenue.  Attendees will walk away from this program with a personalized money map to double revenue, the No. 1 formula for law firm success and indivudualized law firm business strategy tips.  Talking about growing revenue is common, but this program will give the specific numbers and metrics needed to make it happen.

Date Recorded: September 17, 2019

Speakers: Wendy Witt

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
1:02:12

The Past Present and Future of Amateurism in Division I College Athletics

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

Date Recorded: June 21, 2019

Speakers: Eddie Edwards, Ron Jones

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Practice Area: Sports Law
1:47:45

The Road Ahead: Our Autonomous Future

The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-drivi... Read More »
The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-driving cars, Pittsburgh residents not only regularly hear stories about how these vehicles will change our lives, but local residents actually share the road with them.

Much of the news from this industry concerns the engineering, economic and/or public-reaction aspects of these vehicles. But what are the legal issues affecting their development and adoption? This program aims to cover basic legal topics, including terminology and related problems; regulators and their powers; insurance; collisions and litigation; and ethical and moral questions. The presentation should boost attendees' understanding of this revolutionary and inevitable part of the future and shed light on how much remains to be accomplished.

Date Recorded: May 10, 2019

Speakers: Patrick Sorek

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Practice Area: General
1:52:42

The SECURE Act and Retirement Planning

In December 2019, the United States Congress passed its first major piece of retirement legislation in almost a decade: the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act – aka the SECURE... Read More »
In December 2019, the United States Congress passed its first major piece of retirement legislation in almost a decade: the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act – aka the SECURE Act. The goal of the act is to encourage individuals to save for retirement. Key aspects of the SECURE Act and related retirement planning strategies in light of the new Act will be discussed.

Date Recorded: August 10, 2020

Speakers: Ray Vogliano, John Shaffer, Scott Magnuson

Moderators: Elizabeth Altman

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
1:25:25

Tips and Tools to Tackle Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma – the internal transformation experienced by attorneys who come into contact with a traumatic situation, information or materials – is a real problem in the legal profession. A... Read More »
Vicarious trauma – the internal transformation experienced by attorneys who come into contact with a traumatic situation, information or materials – is a real problem in the legal profession.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about vicarious trauma and the impact it can have on them as practitioners. Attendees will hear from attorneys who are committed to pro bono and "low bono" work, and how through engaging in that work, they experienced vicarious trauma. Panelists will engage with attendees in an interactive manner to share tools and tips that can be helpful in combating vicarious trauma. Additionally, attendees will learn how to look for warning signs that they may be experiencing vicarious trauma.

Date Recorded: May 8, 2019

Speakers: Barbara Griffin, Elizabeth Hughes, Tracey McCants Lewis

Moderators: Morgan Moody

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Practice Areas: GeneralHealth and Wellness
57:36

Toxicology Pearls for Attorneys

The term "toxicology" gets thrown around a lot in the legal world, but do you know the details of what that actually means? This program will offer broad overview of what attorneys need to know abo... Read More »
The term "toxicology" gets thrown around a lot in the legal world, but do you know the details of what that actually means?

This program will offer broad overview of what attorneys need to know about the effects of alcohol as well as common street and prescription drugs on the body. The program also will discuss the limitations of drug screens, how alcohol absorption can be delayed or increased, and the connection between drug levels and level of impairment. There is an abundance of information on the science behind drug and alcohol related impairment; this one-hour program will start with some basic principles.

Learning objectives:

- List the expected effects on the body from common street and prescription drugs.
- Differentiate between drug/alcohol levels obtained from blood, urine and breath.
- Identify common false positives when interpreting drug screen results.
- Assess the utility of drug levels for commonly encountered street and legal drugs.
- Describe the correlation between drug and alcohol levels and level of impairment.

Date Recorded: September 15, 2020

Speakers: Dr. Allison Muller

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Practice Areas: Criminal LitigationWorkers CompensationGeneral
1:01:22

Transitioning Your Practice: The Mind, the Money and the Rules

This program features an in-depth discussion regarding the necessity of careful practice and insurance planning for firms and solo practitioners when the structure of a practice changes. Situations su... Read More »
This program features an in-depth discussion regarding the necessity of careful practice and insurance planning for firms and solo practitioners when the structure of a practice changes. Situations such as a firm merging, a firm bringing in lateral hires, a group of attorneys within a firm "spinning off" or even when lawyers decide to retire all have specific nuances and liability implications. The discussion will include the ethical issues that lawyers face when their practice changes, as well as risk management issues to keep in mind. Presenters also will discuss what to look for in a "claims made and reported policy" and with "tail coverage."

Date Recorded: March 8, 2019

Speakers: Amy Coco, Michelle Logan

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Practice Areas: Sole & Small FirmsLaw Practice Management
56:46

U.S. Supreme Court Update

Even for times as unusual as these, the U.S. Supreme Court's term is shaping up to be a most interesting one. In addition to the usual fever-pitched anticipation as high-profile opinions are released,... Read More »
Even for times as unusual as these, the U.S. Supreme Court's term is shaping up to be a most interesting one. In addition to the usual fever-pitched anticipation as high-profile opinions are released, the legal community has experienced the first livestreamed and – the Chief Justice would want to note – very carefully orchestrated arguments by conference call.

Is it better when the arguments are more structured? Are advocates and justices finding new value in the argument? And who flushed the toilet heard round the world?

This session will feature a discussion of the Supreme Court's latest opinions, its experiment with live arguments by telephone, and predictions for the opinions still to be released. Additionally, the discussion will cover what it all might mean for the "least dangerous branch."

Date Recorded: June 18, 2020

Speakers: Ben Minegar, Dean Amy Wildermuth

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Practice Areas: GeneralFederal Law
1:02:26

Understanding Allegheny County Environmental Law with the ACHD

Formed in 1957, the mission of the Allegheny County Health Department is to protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of the 1.2 million residents of Allegheny County, particularly the m... Read More »
Formed in 1957, the mission of the Allegheny County Health Department is to protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of the 1.2 million residents of Allegheny County, particularly the most vulnerable. This program will focus on the ACHD's Air Quality Program. Topics will include the Air Quality Program's permitting process, enforcement procedures and regulatory process. The program also will include information on the ACHD's other environmental programs which include Plumbing, Housing and Community Environment; Water Pollution Control and Waste Management; and Food Safety. The program will walk through the process of taking an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Officer. It also will provide tips on filing an appeal and litigating a case before the Hearing Officer.

Date Recorded: August 26, 2019

Speakers: Michael Parker, Jason Willis, Vijya Patel, Max Slater

Moderators: Jeffrey Bailey

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:01:55

Wake up With the Judges Program - "Business of the Courts"

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

Date Recorded: June 24, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Mark Hornak, Hon. Kim Clark, Hon. Kim Eaton, Hon. Christine Ward

Moderators: John Gismondi, Melaine Shannon Rothey

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Practice Area: General
59:38

Water Law Update 2020 Developments

It has been a very busy year for water law developments. In this program, a knowledgeable panel will discuss the practical implications of the following key regulatory revisions and case law from 2020... Read More »
It has been a very busy year for water law developments. In this program, a knowledgeable panel will discuss the practical implications of the following key regulatory revisions and case law from 2020 to this point:

• The new definition of "waters of the United States"

• The U.S. Supreme Court's introduction of the "functional equivalent" test in evaluating Clean Water Act liability and permitting obligations for groundwater discharges that reach surface waters

• Proposed revisions to the Pennsylvania Chapter 105 regulations regarding water obstructions and encroachments

Date Recorded: July 29, 2020

Speakers: Lisa Bruderly, Pat Gavaghan

Moderators: Howard Wein

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:03:12

What to do When You're Not in the Room Where it Happened

From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don't know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving peo... Read More »
From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don't know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving people away and how to address it. Doing so is simply good business; improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line. Turnover is expensive.
 
With a supportive environment, proper policies and a plan for investigating and dealing with complaints, you can create a culture where you are "in the know." This program will provide another toolkit of concrete actions, policies and strategies to create an environment where people are comfortable coming forward with complaints and ways to properly investigate and address issues. This will also increase your ability to create a positive, professional workplace that cultivates and retains the best talent and protect your assets.
 
The program will explain how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism and the judicial ethical requirements for the treatment and management of staff and lawyers.

Date Recorded: June 26, 2019

Speakers: Marie Rivera Johnson, Christine Miller, Tynishia Powell, Dean Stephen Tanzilli

Moderators: Thomas McGough

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Practice Areas: GeneralDiversity & InclusionLaw Practice Management
56:43

What You Need to Know About Allegheny Co. Property Tax Assessment Appeals

It's always a hot-button issue in Western Pennsylvania: property tax assessments. This program is designed not only for those attorneys who practice as solicitors, taxation attorneys and real estate p... Read More »
It's always a hot-button issue in Western Pennsylvania: property tax assessments. This program is designed not only for those attorneys who practice as solicitors, taxation attorneys and real estate practitioners, but also for anyone who owns property in Allegheny County or any lawyer who represents these property owners.

The panel will feature an attorney representing property owners, a school district solicitor and the Solicitor for the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessments and Appeals Review (BPAAR).

Specific topics to be covered include:

Local Rules for BPAAR
Residential vs. commercial appeals
The best evidence to present during appeals
Managing client expectations
Recent cases and legal developments
Assessment and appeals practice tips

Date Recorded: February 27, 2020

Speakers: Nicole Amick, Kate Diersen, David Montgomery

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Practice Areas: TaxationReal PropertySchool & Municipal
1:20:05

Where There is a WILL, There is a Way: Be a Steward for Inclusion

Law firms and corporate legal departments benefit when attorneys of all backgrounds gain the skills and opportunities necessary to ascend the ranks and develop into high-performing leaders within thei... Read More »
Law firms and corporate legal departments benefit when attorneys of all backgrounds gain the skills and opportunities necessary to ascend the ranks and develop into high-performing leaders within their organizations. Ensuring that all attorneys have those opportunities requires more than just mentoring. When senior attorneys advocate on other attorneys' behalf, seek opportunities for them, and/or take an active role in their development as attorneys and leaders, the attorneys are much more likely to become high-performing leaders and to remain in their organizations.
 
Studies routinely show, however, that women in the workplace are not receiving the mentorship or sponsorship that their male colleagues receive. In the wake of widespread media reports of sexual harassment, this problem is getting worse. Research indicates that almost half of male managers are uncomfortable participating in common work activities with women, such as mentoring, working alone or socializing together. This is an enormous setback.
 
The ACBA Women's Institute for Leadership in Law (WILL) was specifically designed to help support our participants in WILL with access to a "steward." Each steward serves a vital role in helping address the critical need for mentorship, sponsorship and stewardship of our women leaders.

Date Recorded: September 5, 2018

Speakers: Leanne Meyer

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Practice Area: Diversity & Inclusion
55:38

Your Honor, You Erred Because…Navigating Rule 1925(b)

The Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal can be both an effective tool and a trap for the unwary. An effective statement should both inform the trial judge of the precise issues to address in t... Read More »
The Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal can be both an effective tool and a trap for the unwary. An effective statement should both inform the trial judge of the precise issues to address in the trial court opinion and preserve those issues for appeal.
 
Join a panel of appellate jurists and practitioners for an informative discussion of how to utilize the Rule 1925(b) statement to your client's best advantage. Topics covered will include choosing which issues to raise, limitations on the number of issues to present, effective setting forth of the errors asserted, preservation of subsidiary issues, citing errors in seemingly vague trial decisions and waiver of issues. Examples of effective Statements of Errors will be discussed.

Date Recorded: June 28, 2019

Speakers: Hon. Mary Jane Bowes, Hon. Judith Olson, Hon. J. Nicholas Ranjan, Kevin McCarthy, Lisa Whisler

Moderators: Templeton Smith

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice

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