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Attorneys are busy. Finding the time to attend an In-person CLE or Live Webinar course can be challenging. Here's a solution: Previously Recorded CLEs. On this site, the ACBA gives you the option to watch any of a wide variety of CLEs on-demand. Watch from your home, office or on the go. These courses are considered "distance learning" credits. In Pennsylvania, you can earn up to six distance learning credits each year. Enjoy the convenience of earning credits anywhere at any time. Due to technical difficulties, we suggest not using the browser Safari to view these programs at this time. Please use another browser. Here are some highlights:

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Available Previously Recorded CLE Courses

57:31

Effective Strategies to Get the Most Out of Settlement Conferences

"Few civil cases go to trial. Mediation is bigger than ever. That means that settlement psychology is also more important than ever. This presentation is a refresher on the psychology of settlement... Read More »
"Few civil cases go to trial. Mediation is bigger than ever. That means that settlement psychology is also more important than ever.

This presentation is a refresher on the psychology of settlement and the mistakes we make in timing such conferences (too soon, or too late), and fostering an attitude of resolution throughout the legal process."

Date Recorded: May 4, 2023

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:00:10

Immigration Considerations for Startups

This program will explore important operational factors for entrepreneurs and startup companies to consider prior to applying for a visa such as timing, organizational and ownership structure and fina... Read More »
This program will explore important operational factors for entrepreneurs and startup companies to consider prior to applying for a visa such as timing, organizational and ownership structure and financial commitments. Major content areas of the program will include:

Non-immigrant and immigrant visas
Entrepreneurship and visas
Operational/financial consideration for visas
Types of visas
Best practice tips

Date Recorded: February 20, 2024

Speakers: Kimberly Bennett; Eryn Correa

Moderators: WooYoung Chang

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
58:50

The Ethics of Freelance Legal Services

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

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

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

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

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

Date Recorded: October 10, 2022

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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57:26

2022 Environmental Law Update

"At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments and updates every year, and 2022 was no exception. During this program, panelists wi... Read More »
"At both the federal and state levels, there are numerous environmental law and regulatory changes, developments and updates every year, and 2022 was no exception.

During this program, panelists will review significant federal and state environmental law developments from 2022 and look at environmental law issues likely to be on the horizon in 2023. Specifically, panelists will review and analyze 2022 environmental decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Third Circuit, and 2022 environmental decisions from the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.

Additionally, 2022 changes to federal and state environmental regulations and guidance will be discussed, as will the potential impact of key federal and state environmental regulatory changes in the year ahead. The program will be of particular interest to individuals whose practices touch on environmental law, energy law and administrative law."

Date Recorded: February 9, 2023

Speakers: Brandon Coneby, Jeffrey Bailey

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:26:55

A General Overview of Medical Marijuana in Pa.

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

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

Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

Speakers: Patricik Nightingale, Rachel McElroy

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:01:03

A Look at ESG

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) concerns are very common in today's landscape for attorneys and their clients. This program will discuss the initiative known as ESG and its imp... Read More »
Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) concerns are very common in today's landscape for attorneys and their clients.

This program will discuss the initiative known as ESG and its importance in the areas of finance and corporate private governance. Specifics to be covered include an SEC proposed rule to enhance and standardize climate-related disclosures, Greenhouse gas emissions reporting, USSG Chapter 8, forced labor and more.

The program also will take a deep look at climate change, particularly in the context of risk management, as well and climate and politics.

Date Recorded: April 5, 2023

Speakers: Charles DeMonaco, Gilda Arroyo

Moderators: Juan Paz-Rosario

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
53:31

A Look at PFAS MCLs: Pa. and Federal

Regulation of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the state and federal levels is a dynamic area, requiring constant vigilance to assist clients with identifying and meeting current complianc... Read More »
Regulation of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the state and federal levels is a dynamic area, requiring constant vigilance to assist clients with identifying and meeting current compliance requirements.

Pennsylvania enacted Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for two PFAS compounds in 25 PA Code Chapter 109. This one-hour presentation will review the following:
Background of the MCL rule
Effectiveness dates relevant to different classes of water systems
Required monitoring requirements, analytical methods and reporting limits
Approved treatment options and estimated costs
Options for complying with the MCL monitoring requirements and USEPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR 5) requirements.
The presentation will also review similar information for the USEPA's March 29, 2023 proposed modifications to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations adding MCLs for six PFAS compounds, including the proposed unique use of a Hazard Index to develop system specific MCLs for four of the PFAS compounds.

Date Recorded: September 21, 2023

Speakers: Thomas Maher

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
57:07

A Road Map to Section 409A Compliance

"This presentation will provide attendees with a general understanding of Section 409A and its implications. Specifics to be covered include: Executive employment agreements Bonus plans Seve... Read More »
"This presentation will provide attendees with a general understanding of Section 409A and its implications.

Specifics to be covered include:


Executive employment agreements
Bonus plans
Severance arrangements
Nonqualified retirement plans
Grants of equity"

Date Recorded: January 24, 2023

Speakers: Sheldon Miles

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:30:32

AI in the Courtroom

This program is tailored to legal professionals and explores the intersection of technology and the legal profession, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity. The program will ... Read More »
This program is tailored to legal professionals and explores the intersection of technology and the legal profession, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity. The program will address key ethical considerations and the evolving responsibilities of legal professionals involved with cyber forensics, intellectual property and data breach response.
This program will also address ethical considerations and potential challenges in implementing AI technologies while maintaining human-centric values. With a strong emphasis on technology tools and educational use demonstrations, this program is ideal for lawyers seeking to protect their clients' interests in the digital age and stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments. Participants will witness firsthand how technology can augment human interactions, improve communication and create more inclusive and accessible environments.

Date Recorded: August 25, 2023

Speakers: Daniel Hickton; Jayla Hemphill

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
1:56:00

Allegheny Co. Tax Assessment Appeals

"This program will focus on practicing before the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review, as well as appeals to the Board of Viewers. The program will also provide relevant u... Read More »
"This program will focus on practicing before the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review, as well as appeals to the Board of Viewers. The program will also provide relevant updates and commentary regarding the ongoing Common Level Ratio litigation.

Specifics to be covered include:

Role of the board on the Board of Viewers, how often the board meets, board rules, forms to file an appeal, rules and tips for submitting evidence, process for telephone appeals this year, role of the hearing office vs. the board and when to expect a decision.
Why school districts file for annual appeals on recent sales, approaches to value and what a school solicitor will typically present during a BPAAR phone hearing.
Preparation as a property owner, why a property owner might initiate his own appeal and how to select the best comps.
How to file a BOV appeal.
Settlement and when to engage an appraiser, differences in residential vs. commercial, how property owners should approach BOV and tips to manage client expectations for a settlement."

Date Recorded: March 23, 2023

Speakers: Kate Dierson, Nicole Amick, Megan Turnbull

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Practice Area: Real Property
1:00:25

An Overview of Remote Work

"This CLE will cover the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon remote work. Get an overview of present and future issues surrounding remote work. Attendees also will gain a thorough unders... Read More »
"This CLE will cover the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon remote work. Get an overview of present and future issues surrounding remote work.

Attendees also will gain a thorough understanding of the changes to remote work that have occurred during the past three years, and they will gain insights into projected changes in the years to come.

Pre- and post-COVID cases concerning remote work will be discussed, in addition to the idea of working from home as a disability accommodation. Both the positives and negatives of remote work will be examined. Different remote work policies of several companies will be discussed and analyzed as well, and a description of successful work-from-home company policies will be presented."

Date Recorded: May 15, 2023

Speakers: Ian Michel, Rachel McElroy

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
54:54

Appealing to Pa. Appellate Court Basics

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

Specifics to be covered include:

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

Date Recorded: June 2, 2022

Speakers: Norma Chase

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
2:00:14

Arbitration Practice in Allegheny and Surrounding Counties

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

Date Recorded: March 2, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Skowron, Anna Majocha, Mark Hamilton

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Practice Area: Civil Litigation
1:56:08

Asylum Procedures for Afghan Applicants

"Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan evacuees have arrived in the United States under a temporary immigration status that allows them to live and work in the ... Read More »
"Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan evacuees have arrived in the United States under a temporary immigration status that allows them to live and work in the U.S. while they apply to stay here permanently. Many of these people need legal representation to apply for asylum so that they can avoid having to return to dangerous and life-threatening conditions.

This CLE is an introductory course on asylum law and application procedures. It will provide a basic toolbox for attorneys interested in providing pro bono legal representation to Afghan asylum applicants. Experienced immigration attorneys and law professors will guide participants through a discussion on the following:

The asylum procedure
How to complete Form I-589
Understanding "fear of persecution" in the asylum context
How to prepare a checklist for the asylum application packet
How to prepare clients for an effective asylum interview
Participants will also learn about opportunities to provide free legal assistance to affected families through a partnership with the Immigration Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law."

Date Recorded: October 13, 2023

Speakers: Annette Martínez-Orabona; Sheila Vélez-Martínez

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
1:06:10

Capital Criminal Law Symposium 2023

This is a comprehensive, five-credit criminal education program concerning Capital criminal cases. The subjects include the history of the death penalty, the perspectives of a trial judge, expert test... Read More »
This is a comprehensive, five-credit criminal education program concerning Capital criminal cases. The subjects include the history of the death penalty, the perspectives of a trial judge, expert testimony concerning future dangerousness, representing the seriously difficult clients, the right to self-representation and a case analysis of an actual capital case.

Date Recorded: August 4, 2023

Speakers: William Difenderfer; Edward Borkowski

Moderators: Thomas Farrell

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
56:34

Commercial Lease Negotiations Post-Pandemic

"The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape many aspects of society, including commercial lease negotiations in our region. During this program, Dan Adamski of JLL will moderate a pa... Read More »
"The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape many aspects of society, including commercial lease negotiations in our region.

During this program, Dan Adamski of JLL will moderate a panel of speakers who will provide observations – from the perspectives of attorneys representing landlords and tenants – as to how the pandemic has changed the lease negotiation landscape, and how those impacts differ for various types of commercial property.

The impacts of the pandemic on rental rates, the lengths of rental terms, flexibility for early termination, tenant improvement allowances, concessions and changes in amenities will be discussed."

Date Recorded: May 9, 2023

Speakers: Derek Markle, Matthew Moses

Moderators: Dan Adamski

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Practice Area: Real Property
1:57:39

Complex Issues In Family Law, Part 1 -- Business Valuation, Double Dip Issues, Post-Covid Considerations

This CLE will address business valuation and net disposable income topics, with a panel of financial experts from HBKVG, Cohen & Company and H2R. Panelists will provide an engaging presentation reg... Read More »
This CLE will address business valuation and net disposable income topics, with a panel of financial experts from HBKVG, Cohen & Company and H2R.

Panelists will provide an engaging presentation regarding business valuation, complex support and other litigation support matters. The seminar will include skits and discussions regarding normalization and other adjustments, discounts, double dip, goodwill and post-COVID considerations related to business valuations.

Date Recorded: February 8, 2024

Speakers: Heather Baranowski; Steven Dotterer; Julie Herzog; Beth Mascetta; Christopher Mascetta; Christopher Pattison; Robert Zahner

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Practice Areas: Business LawFamily Law
56:57

Complex Issues in Family Law, Part 2 -- Ethical Considerations

Panelists provide an engaging presentation regarding business valuation, complex support and other litigation support matters. Panelists also offer insight regarding ethical considerations that arise ... Read More »
Panelists provide an engaging presentation regarding business valuation, complex support and other litigation support matters. Panelists also offer insight regarding ethical considerations that arise in litigation matters and how rules for attorneys and experts may differ.

Date Recorded: February 8, 2024

Speakers: Angelica Revelant; John Petrancosta

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Practice Areas: Family LawBusiness Law
1:01:01

Complex Issues in Family Law, Part 3 --Trust Issues and Cryptocurrenicies

This CLE will address business valuation and net disposable income topics, with a panel of financial experts from HBKVG, Cohen & Company and H2R. Panelists will provide an engaging presentation reg... Read More »
This CLE will address business valuation and net disposable income topics, with a panel of financial experts from HBKVG, Cohen & Company and H2R.

Panelists will provide an engaging presentation regarding business valuation, complex support and other litigation support matters. The seminar will include skits and discussions regarding normalization and other adjustments, discounts, double dip, goodwill and post-COVID considerations related to business valuations as well as a variety of other topics and issues facing litigators today such as trusts, cryptocurrency and discovery.

Date Recorded: February 8, 2024

Speakers: Beth Mascetta; Heather Baranowski; Josh Lefcowitz

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Practice Areas: Business LawFamily Law
1:00:27

Computer Generated Animations for Civil and Criminal Trial

This program will focus on 2D and 3D demonstrative aids for use in civil cases and criminal trials. The presenter will review several cases where demonstrative aids and forensic animation assisted in ... Read More »
This program will focus on 2D and 3D demonstrative aids for use in civil cases and criminal trials. The presenter will review several cases where demonstrative aids and forensic animation assisted in achieving a favorable outcome. The course will also introduce applicable case law, limitations and rules of admissibility.

Date Recorded: November 9, 2023

Speakers: Jeremy Gibson

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
1:30:23

Conservatorships, Succession Planning and the Challenges of Experienced Lawyers

This CLE will address some of the issues that relate to succession planning for one's law practice and the need for the appointment of a Conservator when no advance planning was put in place. Currentl... Read More »
This CLE will address some of the issues that relate to succession planning for one's law practice and the need for the appointment of a Conservator when no advance planning was put in place. Currently there are approximately 40,700 attorneys in Pennsylvania, or 55 percent of all active attorneys, who are 50 years of age or older.

Succession planning is a necessity for all attorneys, but certainly for attorneys in this age group. Succession planning allows an attorney to identify a successor to protect the interests of clients in the event of the incapacity or death of the attorney. This program will explore the following:
Practical issues of naming a successor as well as the role and responsibilities of the successor.
The appointment of a Conservator for an incapacitated, absent or deceased attorney, including an overview of the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement governing conservatorship.
The physical and cognitive issues that attorneys may face as they move into the more senior years of their practice and how this impacts the need to name a successor to one's practice.

Date Recorded: November 29, 2023

Speakers: Thomas Farrell; James Fox

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:35:21

Coping with Stress

The mental demands of a lawyer can often lead to increased levels of stress and burnout. Prioritizing mental health and stress management is becoming increasingly important in the legal industry. T... Read More »
The mental demands of a lawyer can often lead to increased levels of stress and burnout. Prioritizing mental health and stress management is becoming increasingly important in the legal industry.

This presentation will offer education to help you understand the mental and physical effects of stress and will provide you with skills that will minimize the effect of stress on your health. This session is intended for healthy individuals who will benefit from increased stress-coping skills, and also for individuals with diseases where stress coping can promote an enhanced sense of well-being and possibly influence the course of disease.

Examples of diseases that may benefit from enhanced stress-coping skills include hypertension, depression, asthma, arthritis, cancer, atherosclerotic heart disease, chronic pain, sleep disturbances, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Bruce Rabin will discuss the following content areas:
Predisposing early life issues that affect how you respond to stress
Understanding how the brain responds to stress
The mental and physical health alterations caused by stress
How to reduce the response of the brain to acute stress

Date Recorded: February 13, 2024

Speakers: Dr. Bruce Rabin

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Practice Area: Health Law
59:04

Cybersecurity Ethics: Safeguarding Client Data

Cyberthreats to attorneys and law firms are at an all-time high and continue to grow. These threats are a particular concern for attorneys because of their duties of competence in technology and confi... Read More »
Cyberthreats to attorneys and law firms are at an all-time high and continue to grow. These threats are a particular concern for attorneys because of their duties of competence in technology and confidentiality. This session will explore current threats, attorneys' duties to safeguard confidential data, and practical ways to comply with the duties in today's emerging hybrid practice. It will cover:

• The current threat environment
• Attorneys' ethical and legal duties to protect confidential information (including PA Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 and current ABA and Pennsylvania ethics opinions)
• Cybersecurity basics, including practical steps for compliance

Date Recorded: June 30, 2023

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:57

Cybersecurity for Lawyers

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

Date Recorded: November 15, 2022

Speakers: Tom Kirkham

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:59:15

Diagnosing, Treating and Examining Head Injuries and Concussions

"In this program, panelists will analyze the unique considerations trial attorneys on both sides of the "v" have to address when a plaintiff has a brain injury. A brain injury creates unique medico-le... Read More »
"In this program, panelists will analyze the unique considerations trial attorneys on both sides of the "v" have to address when a plaintiff has a brain injury. A brain injury creates unique medico-legal considerations. These can range from how to communicate with a brain-injured plaintiff, to what considerations should be taken into account in preparing the client for a deposition and how to cross-examine a plaintiff who is brain-injured.

Joining a panel of attorneys will be Charles Simkovich, D.C., who has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating people with brain injuries. His successful work with professional athletes to people in car collisions has drawn the attention of medical professionals across the country. He will share with us some ideas on what to look for and how to work with brain injured clients."

Date Recorded: April 13, 2023

Speakers: Kenneth Behrend, Cheryl Kaufman, Dr. Charles Simkovich

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Practice Area: Health Law
1:01:08

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

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

Date Recorded: June 17, 2022

Speakers: Mark Flaherty, Mary Mckinney Flaherty

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
55:27

Electing Alternate Valuation on Form 706

"A decedent's assets are typically valued as of the decedent's date of death for Federal estate tax purposes. For estates required to file Form 706 and pay the Federal estate tax, though, electing alt... Read More »
"A decedent's assets are typically valued as of the decedent's date of death for Federal estate tax purposes. For estates required to file Form 706 and pay the Federal estate tax, though, electing alternate valuation on the estate's Form 706 has the potential to lower the estate's estate tax liability significantly. Generally, if the election is made, the estate's assets will be valued six months after date of death. While electing to use the alternate valuation date may happen infrequently, making this election can be a very beneficial tool in volatile markets. In this CLE, a knowledgeable panel will discuss the benefits of electing an alternate valuation date on Form 706, as well as the mechanics of making this election.
Areas reviewed will be:
Overview of the Federal estate tax and asset valuation
Determining the alternate valuation date and asset values
Mechanics of making the election on Form 706
Why elect the alternate valuation date
Effects of alternate valuation date election on other elections and taxes"

Date Recorded: June 27, 2023

Speakers: Lauren Hadburg and Samantha Gagliardo

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Practice Area: Taxation
59:46

Estate Administration from the Executor's Perspective

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

Date Recorded: September 21, 2022

Speakers: Charles O'Neill

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1:01:05

Estate Administration from the Executor's Perspective

Attorneys who work in estate planning, trusts and similar practice areas work with executors often. However, this program will take a look at things from the perspective of the executor. Specifical... Read More »
Attorneys who work in estate planning, trusts and similar practice areas work with executors often. However, this program will take a look at things from the perspective of the executor.

Specifically, a speaker from Executor Services, LLC will cover executor challenges and liabilities, things to consider when choosing an executor, executor time commitment and duties, descendent identity theft, data preservation and technology and estate information security.

Date Recorded: January 9, 2024

Speakers: Charles O'Neill

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1:27:50

Explaining the Eviction Moratorium

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

Date Recorded: June 3, 2022

Speakers: Bradley Dornish, Tina Batra Hershey

Moderators: Eric Dingess

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Practice Area: Real Property
58:25

False Claims Act 101 for Employment Lawyers

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

Date Recorded: August 3, 2022

Speakers: Eva Gunasekera, Renee Brooker

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:00:23

Five Steps to Protect Your Firm from Catastrophic Cyber Attacks

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

Date Recorded: May 10, 2022

Speakers: Tom Kirkham

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
55:10

Forensic Meteorology in Personal Injury

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

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

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

Date Recorded: November 3, 2022

Speakers: Bob Smerbeck, John Lavin, Steve Wistar

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:00:15

From the Courthouse to the Beach House

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

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

Date Recorded: September 28, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:32:22

Fundraising and the Law

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

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

Specifics to be covered include:

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

Date Recorded: June 1, 2022

Speakers: Susan Ott, Terese Connerton, Michael Dutkovich

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Practice Area: Nonprofit Law
1:01:05

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

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

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

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

Specifics to be covered include:

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

Date Recorded: March 22, 2022

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Sports Law
1:55:25

Getting Sued and Getting Hacked

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

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

Date Recorded: October 12, 2022

Speakers: Mark LeFever

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Practice Area: Legal Technology
57:49

Green Card Renewals

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

Date Recorded: November 28, 2022

Speakers: Nicole Floro, John Cavicchio

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
54:58

Green Card Renewals: Helping Low-Income Immigrants Apply

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

Date Recorded: May 18, 2022

Speakers: Jamie Englert, John Cavicchio

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Practice Area: Immigration Law
1:01:05

Guidance for Agents Acting Under a Healthcare Power of Attorney

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

Date Recorded: May 6, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Health Law
59:45

Guide to Representations and Warranties

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

Date Recorded: May 19, 2022

Speakers: James Miller, Daniel Posnick

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:26:24

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

"This program delves into the topic of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the law that controls much of healthcare privacy at the Federal level. In addition to the act it... Read More »
"This program delves into the topic of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the law that controls much of healthcare privacy at the Federal level. In addition to the act itself, panelists will demonstrate its interactions with other areas of the law.

Specific topics to be covered include:


HIPAA compliance and the Meta Pixel and other data trackers
Impact of the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Patient access enforcement actions
Post-Dobbs privacy issues involving abortion
HIPAA-compliant email and texting
HIPAA and its impact on local and state affairs"

Date Recorded: June 7, 2023

Speakers: William Maruca, Elizabeth Rubenstein

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Practice Area: Health Law
59:33

Helping Clients with Low Incomes Get Divorced

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

Date Recorded: April 8, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Family Law
55:09

How to be More Proactive about Cyber Security

As an attorney, knowing what you need to do to protect yourself and your firm against a malicious cyber-attack can be challenging. Many attorneys feel that changing their password on a regular basis i... Read More »
As an attorney, knowing what you need to do to protect yourself and your firm against a malicious cyber-attack can be challenging. Many attorneys feel that changing their password on a regular basis is all that is needed. However, there are many more proactive steps and components of cyber security that are important to understand in addition to password changes.

This seminar will review what you need to know to be more cyber security and technology competent to help prevent a cybercriminal from getting access to your client information and data.

Date Recorded: January 25, 2023

Speakers: Alicia Slade

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
58:59

How to Manage Your Student Loan Debt in 2022

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

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

Date Recorded: March 23, 2022

Speakers: Joshua Cohen

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Practice Area: School & Municipal
55:50

How to Navigate a Mid-Career Crisis

For young lawyers, choosing a practice area can feel like a career-long commitment. In a profession that emphasizes experience, it can seem critical to build niche expertise as soon as possible. Bu... Read More »
For young lawyers, choosing a practice area can feel like a career-long commitment. In a profession that emphasizes experience, it can seem critical to build niche expertise as soon as possible.

But for many lawyers, the practice area that once seemed exciting can quickly become anything but. Or, young attorneys looking for a job may find themselves pigeon-holed in an area they have no interest in.

Lawyers often struggle with feeling stuck in a practice that makes them question their career entirely, even years into practice. However, there are options for attorneys that are struggling to hit their stride.

When a chosen area unexpectedly comes with difficult personalities, confusing procedure or daunting subject matter, what should you do? Panelists will discuss ethical options for re-routing your career path to find fulfillment as a lawyer. This program will cover:
Finding your niche as a young lawyer
Navigating a mid-career switch
Making your practice your own for lawyers at all levels

Date Recorded: January 30, 2024

Speakers: Sarah Norcott; Todd Williams; Michelle Ross

Moderators: Maddison Sullivan

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59:08

Hydrogen, Carbon Capture and Storage

On Oct. 13, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $7 billion to launch seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) across the nation, including two with significant ties to Pennsylvania. The H... Read More »
On Oct. 13, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $7 billion to launch seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) across the nation, including two with significant ties to Pennsylvania. The H2Hubs are expected to use carbon capture technologies to reduce carbon emissions. This CLE will provide an overview of the H2Hub initiative and explore several legal issues surrounding carbon capture and storage, including potential regulatory actions and pore space ownership.

Date Recorded: January 18, 2024

Speakers: John Walliser; Hannah Wiseman; Tom Murphy

Moderators: Brian Greenert

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Practice Area: Environment & Energy
1:01:19

Imposter Syndrome in the Legal Profession

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

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

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

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

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

Date Recorded: August 25, 2022

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
1:00:47

Inheritance Taxes and Snowbirds

"Michelle Ross and Stefanie Pate, estate planners from Leech Tishman, will delve into the intricacies surrounding Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax and how to best to advise your clients should they wish t... Read More »
"Michelle Ross and Stefanie Pate, estate planners from Leech Tishman, will delve into the intricacies surrounding Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax and how to best to advise your clients should they wish to change domicile to another state, in an effort to avoid Pennsylvania Inheritance Taxes.

The panel will review the filing requirements and inheritance tax rates, should a Pennsylvania Estate need opened for a client's estate. They will continue by reviewing the pros and cons of changing your client's domicile."

Date Recorded: April 20, 2023

Speakers: Michelle Ross, Stefanie Pate

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
56:34

Intellectual Property Pitfalls in Corporate Transactions

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

Date Recorded: April 26, 2022

Speakers: David Oberdick

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Practice Area: Business Law
59:49

Intro to Western District Veterans Court

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

Date Recorded: May 20, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Government
59:05

Introduction to Taxation of Cryptocurrency and NFTs

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

Date Recorded: May 4, 2022

Speakers: Christine Green

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Practice Area: Taxation
1:03:33

Labor and Employment Law Symposium 2023 - Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Law firms and legal departments recognize the importance and the impact of programs that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). These programs have the potential to be truly transf... Read More »
Law firms and legal departments recognize the importance and the impact of programs that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). These programs have the potential to be truly transformative when legal professionals properly execute them. Through the lens of exercises, case studies and facilitated dialogue, this session will explore the opportunities and the pitfalls that arise in connection with the use of various DEIB tools and initiatives such as employee resource groups, business resource groups and pipeline programs. This session will also address how such programs can empower lawyers to meet their professional obligations under Rule 8.4(g) to refrain from committing discrimination or harassment with respect to the practice of law.

Date Recorded: November 9, 2023

Speakers: Derek Illar; Danielle Mundekis; Cristian Minor Sanchez

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:00:39

Labor and Employment Law Symposium 2023 - Year in Review

Having a baby; holding strong religious beliefs; applying to college; engaging in union activities; taking time off from work; being subjected to sexual harassment by an employer; investigating employ... Read More »
Having a baby; holding strong religious beliefs; applying to college; engaging in union activities; taking time off from work; being subjected to sexual harassment by an employer; investigating employee work conduct; suffering work data breaches; being fired in contravention of an employer's own policies...The past year once again changed the landscape in these and many other employment and labor issues both nationally and in Western Pennsylvania. This session will review the year in employment and labor law. Join a plaintiff and defense attorney for this lively and thought-provoking survey of the law of the workplace, 2023 style.

Date Recorded: November 9, 2023

Speakers: Samuel Cordes; Mariah Passarelli

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
58:18

Land Development Processes and Challenges

"Through real-life examples, this program will explore the steps it takes to successfully implement a land development plan, including due diligence and site selection and the land development process... Read More »
"Through real-life examples, this program will explore the steps it takes to successfully implement a land development plan, including due diligence and site selection and the land development process in both urban and rural settings.

The challenges that real estate developers and their professionals – including engineers and attorneys – face when seeking governmental approvals for land development will be discussed. The presentation will include discussion of local land development ordinances, working with inexperienced local governmental officials and staff and stormwater management issues."

Date Recorded: April 13, 2023

Speakers: Eduardo Intriago

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1:01:27

Law for Cocktail Parties - Family and Landlord-Tenant Laws

We've all been there – cornered at a party because someone "heard you were a lawyer" and wants to know something about a practice area that you haven't thought about since the bar exam. In the WL... Read More »
We've all been there – cornered at a party because someone "heard you were a lawyer" and wants to know something about a practice area that you haven't thought about since the bar exam.

In the WLD's "Law for Cocktail Parties" series, panelists at each session present answers to the top 10 questions in their field. First up: Family and Landlord-Tenant, where participants will learn the basics of divorce, custody, remedies for breach of lease and all the other things you need to answer Aunt Susie's questions at the next family gathering.

Date Recorded: February 15, 2024

Speakers: Robyn Eisen; Lois Vitti

Moderators: Hannalore Merritt

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Practice Areas: Family LawReal Property
57:13

Managing Your Practice: Turn Your Law Firm into a Business

"Learn with the Zihmer Law Firm as firm personnel guide attendees through how to make managing your practice easy. Tracy Zihmer, the firm's president, and law firm strategist Andrew Zihmer will focus ... Read More »
"Learn with the Zihmer Law Firm as firm personnel guide attendees through how to make managing your practice easy. Tracy Zihmer, the firm's president, and law firm strategist Andrew Zihmer will focus on which software tools and programs are available to you and how to implement them in your practice.

Attendees will walk away with easy steps to begin automating their practice, reclaiming their time and having a better handle on the ever-important question: What is the status of this matter? Finally, they will cover Key Performance Indicators so that you can know not just where you are, but more importantly how to accurately forecast where you are going."

Date Recorded: June 6, 2023

Speakers: Andrew Zihmer, Tracy Zihmer

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:45

Marriage and Estate Planning

For some, it's 'til death do they part. For others, it's 'til divorce do they part. For everyone, planning for both is the best way to prevent additional turmoil in an already unhappy experience. This... Read More »
For some, it's 'til death do they part. For others, it's 'til divorce do they part. For everyone, planning for both is the best way to prevent additional turmoil in an already unhappy experience. This CLE will explore the interrelations of marital planning and estate planning, as well as how a divorce can affect an in-place estate plan.

Date Recorded: March 14, 2023

Speakers: Liberty Weyandt and Alexander Tulaney

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
1:01:50

Mediation 101

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

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

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

Date Recorded: April 6, 2022

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

Moderators: Jared Simmer

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
2:00:28

Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Disability

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

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

Date Recorded: November 9, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Government
1:00:13

Medication Misadventures

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

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

Date Recorded: April 27, 2022

Speakers: Dr. Allison Muller

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Practice Area: Personal Injury
1:03:22

Mentoring, Training and Advancement of New and Junior Women Attorneys

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

Date Recorded: March 3, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:30

Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys

During this program, a surveying expert from Civil and Environmental Consultants will offer a concise and informative overview of the 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title... Read More »
During this program, a surveying expert from Civil and Environmental Consultants will offer a concise and informative overview of the 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.

These standards are the cornerstone of precise property assessments, offering attorneys invaluable insights into property boundaries, encumbrances and potential legal pitfalls. By grasping the intricacies of these requirements, attorneys can collaborate more effectively with surveyors and title companies, enhancing the due diligence process and ultimately safeguarding their clients' interests in real estate transactions.

Date Recorded: February 8, 2024

Speakers: Don Groesser

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Practice Area: Real Property
1:01:12

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

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

Date Recorded: June 16, 2024

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

Moderators: Elizabeth Hughes

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
56:55

New Issues in Intellectual Property

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

Date Recorded: April 25, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
1:59:13

Online Notarization: Remote Trusts and Estates Practice

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

Date Recorded: April 28, 2022

Speakers: Daniel Seibel, Lisa Dougan, Nathan Catanese

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
57:23

Overview of the Veteran Disability Appeals Process

This CLE will discuss an overview of the VA disability appeals process. It will also include an overview of Veterans disability laws and regulations. Participants also will learn about new and emergin... Read More »
This CLE will discuss an overview of the VA disability appeals process. It will also include an overview of Veterans disability laws and regulations. Participants also will learn about new and emerging issues in the Veterans disability appeals process and practical guidance involved with handling Veterans disability appeals.

Date Recorded: June 7, 2023

Speakers: Michele Vollmer

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Practice Area: Government
1:57:36

Parental Alienation in Custody Cases

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

Content areas include:

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

Date Recorded: March 16, 2022

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

Moderators: Robert Weinberg, Meghan Zupanic

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Practice Area: Family Law
2:00:26

Personal Injury Basics for the Non-Tort Lawyer

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

Date Recorded: April 14, 2022

Speakers: Andrew Rothey, Ben Gobel

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Practice Area: Personal Injury
55:46

Practical and Ethical Considerations for a Remote Law Office

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

Date Recorded: June 23, 2022

Speakers: Thomas Reilly

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
57:45

Practical Considerations in Estate Planning

This program will address common questions posed by clients with regards to their estate plans. Practical considerations and discussion topics between estate planners and their clients will be explore... Read More »
This program will address common questions posed by clients with regards to their estate plans. Practical considerations and discussion topics between estate planners and their clients will be explored, such as:

What basic estate planning documents should be prepared?
What makes a good fiduciary in each of these documents?
What aspects of an estate plan should be discussed with others?
When should an estate plan be reviewed?

Date Recorded: January 17, 2024

Speakers: Elizabeth Ryan Uhler

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Practice Area: Probate & Trust
57:55

Preparing for Trial as a Solo Attorney

This course is designed to help those lawyers who are asking "I don't go to court that often, but when I have to, help me learn how to prepare." Join renowned trial attorney and national speaker Cl... Read More »
This course is designed to help those lawyers who are asking "I don't go to court that often, but when I have to, help me learn how to prepare."

Join renowned trial attorney and national speaker Claude Ducloux for a 60-minute presentation on the topic. Specifics to be covered include:
Preparing the non-trial lawyer for a trial before the court
Developing a trial theme
Defining elements of the case or defense and evidence required for each
Preparing witnesses ahead of time
Simple yet effective presentation techniques
Scoping out your courtroom/court staff ahead of time
Understanding standard objections
Ethical rules about evidence, offers of testimony and the duty to correct false testimony
Drafting your judgment early and other necessities
Keeping track of exhibits and rulings during trial
Handling your client throughout the process and setting reasonable expectations

Date Recorded: January 16, 2024

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: Sole & Small Firms
59:19

Preserving, Extracting and Analyzing Digital Data

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

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

Date Recorded: November 10, 2022

Speakers: John Unice, Brett Creasy

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
58:28

Psychologists In Child Custody Actions

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

Date Recorded: June 17, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Family Law
2:00:52

Pursuing and Defending Attorney Fee Claims

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

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

Date Recorded: August 30, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
57:09

Real Estate Trends Affecting Law Offices

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

Date Recorded: September 29, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Altman, Reid Mauro, Dan Adamski

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Practice Area: Real Property
54:30

Resilience Training: Performance Skills

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

Date Recorded: August 2, 2022

Speakers: Claude Ducloux

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
00:00

Revisiting the TCJA after Five Years: Where We Have Come and Where We Are Going

This program will offer an overview of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and other new international tax legislation that was enacted over the past five years. Additionally, the program w... Read More »
This program will offer an overview of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and other new international tax legislation that was enacted over the past five years. Additionally, the program will feature a more forward-looking component that addresses potential legislation – both in the U.S. and globally – that could impact multinational companies in the coming year.

Date Recorded: December 14, 2022

Speakers: Reid Meyer, Thomas Carpenter

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Practice Area: Taxation
55:38

Scary Legal Issues

In the spirit of Halloween, this program explores "scary" legal scenarios and how to navigate them. The panel will explore the following topics: Protection From Abuse Petitions and Orders of Court ... Read More »
In the spirit of Halloween, this program explores "scary" legal scenarios and how to navigate them. The panel will explore the following topics:

Protection From Abuse Petitions and Orders of Court
The rise of AI in employment and hiring
Intellectual property and trademark issues, including a case involving the Ghostbusters logo
Ethical Scenarios: Rules of professional conduct regarding conversations "in confidence"
Recent updates in Pennsylvania's adoption of Rule 8.4(g) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and its "scary" implications
Real Property: Analyzing America's first legally designated haunted house and the landmark case that decided it

Date Recorded: October 31, 2023

Speakers: Timur Dikec; Jonathan Deasy; Trisha Klan; Maddison Sullivan; Alison Gutierrez; Margaret Prescott

Moderators: Kerven Moon

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Practice Areas: Real PropertyIntellectual PropertyGeneral
59:27

SCOTUS Update: Labor and Employment Law

This program will highlight recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court impacting areas of labor and employment law, including: ~The religious accommodations case Groff v. DeJoy. ~The Glacier Nor... Read More »
This program will highlight recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court impacting areas of labor and employment law, including:

~The religious accommodations case Groff v. DeJoy.
~The Glacier Northwest case holding, for which the NLRA did not preempt a state law tort claim.
~Decisions that impact procedural matters, such as arbitration and the preservation of issues on appeal.

Date Recorded: October 3, 2023

Speakers: Christine Elzer; Terrence Murphy; Irene Thomas

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
58:06

Social Equity Consideration in the Expanding Cannabis Industry

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

Date Recorded: June 16, 2022

Speakers: Patrick Nightingale, Jesse Exilus

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
1:01:14

Strategies for Mediating Your Employment Case with Administrative Agencies

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

Date Recorded: April 11, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
1:01:20

Success with Virtual Presentations

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

In this session, attendees will learn:

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

Date Recorded: August 17, 2022

Speakers: Anne Linaberger

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1:01:09

The Basics of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

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

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

Date Recorded: March 31, 2022

Speakers: Matthew Brady, Erica Wilson

Moderators: Tom Cocchi

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:00:39

The DUI Talk: Advising a New Client

"Giving advice to a new client or potential client about a DUI charge can be fraught. They may be panicked about losing their job or professional license. Some may be frustrated because they "didn't d... Read More »
"Giving advice to a new client or potential client about a DUI charge can be fraught. They may be panicked about losing their job or professional license. Some may be frustrated because they "didn't drink that much." Others are indifferent, but a concerned family member dragged them into your office.

Are these clients better off hoping for ARD or DUI Court? How long will their license be suspended? Are they at risk for jail time or facing potential career damages? An informed attorney can save their clients unnecessary stress and missteps from the get-go while putting them on the right track.

This presentation is designed to help attorneys prepare clients for "the talk" on what DUI defendants need to know about the golden rules of criminal defense, diversionary programs collateral consequences and more."

Date Recorded: February 23, 2023

Speakers: James Baker, Nina Martinelli, Marco Attisano

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Practice Area: Criminal Litigation
59:27

The Effects of Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

"Burnout can be called "secondary traumatic stress" or "compassion fatigue." The ramifications of trauma and compassion fatigue aren't discussed as frequently as those of stress and burnout thus, for ... Read More »
"Burnout can be called "secondary traumatic stress" or "compassion fatigue." The ramifications of trauma and compassion fatigue aren't discussed as frequently as those of stress and burnout thus, for many attorneys, they are topics in need of attention.

Secondary or vicarious trauma can be the cumulative effect of listening to a client or witness relay graphic stories and experiences. Those who experience compassion fatigue tend to take on the pain, suffering and burdens of the people they are helping. It is an exhaustion that is felt physically, emotionally or mentally and can affect numerous areas of your life, often leaving you feeling numb.

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 of three attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

This program will discuss:
The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, burnout, trauma and compassion fatigue
The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide 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
How best to approach the impaired individual"

Date Recorded: April 14, 2023

Speakers: Brian Quinn

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Practice Area: Health and Wellness
2:00:54

The Ethics of Representing Entities and Their Employees

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

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

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

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

Date Recorded: May 9, 2022

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

Moderators: Jennifer Bouriat

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Practice Area: Government
1:57:54

The Farm Bill, Delta 8 and MMJ Update

"This CLE program will address "The Farm Bill" of 2018 and Pennsylvania's hemp cultivation law. The panel will explore the legality of products derived from legal hemp such as CBD products and psychoa... Read More »
"This CLE program will address "The Farm Bill" of 2018 and Pennsylvania's hemp cultivation law. The panel will explore the legality of products derived from legal hemp such as CBD products and psychoactive cannabinoids such as Delta 8 THC.

The program also will take a look at issues affecting medical cannabis patients such as DUI, employment discrimination, enforcement provisions in the Act and Second Amendment rights. The panel also will discuss "plain smell" and "plain view" in the era of legal hemp and legal medical marijuana."

Date Recorded: May 12, 2023

Speakers: Patrick Nightingale, Jean Novak, William Branstetter, Christopher Mandrachhia

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Practice Area: Medical Marijuana
56:16

The Future of Privacy in America

"For the last several years, consumer privacy regulations have taken center stage. From the General Data Protection Regulation to the California Consumer Privacy Act, Pennsylvania businesses have had ... Read More »
"For the last several years, consumer privacy regulations have taken center stage. From the General Data Protection Regulation to the California Consumer Privacy Act, Pennsylvania businesses have had to assess and monitor their compliance and risk under these new laws.

However, during 2023, some states will enact privacy laws that Pennsylvania businesses must be aware of and potentially be compliant under. In addition, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Michigan will continue to push toward the passing of active bills.

This program will offer a brief overview of what privacy laws will be enacted in 2023, what is coming down the pipeline in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, and how all of this impacts Pennsylvania businesses.

Specifics to be covered include data privacy, consumer protection, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, state laws and regulations."

Date Recorded: January 12, 2023

Speakers: Derrick Maultsby

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1:00:44

The Ins and Outs of Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements are all the rage in the health industry. But are they actually healthy? This program provides insight into the dietary supplement ("nutraceutical") industry from a toxicologist's ... Read More »
Dietary supplements are all the rage in the health industry. But are they actually healthy?
This program provides insight into the dietary supplement ("nutraceutical") industry from a toxicologist's perspective, but with attorneys in mind. This one-hour talk highlights dietary supplement-related topics that attorneys may encounter including: drug-dietary supplement interactions (essential for medical malpractice cases), drug testing (why is my client getting a positive drug test result if the only thing taken was a dietary supplement?), medical conditions that dietary supplements can worsen and impairment due to dietary supplements.
An overview of labeling requirements and regulation of these products will also be covered.

Date Recorded: August 3, 2023

Speakers: Allison Muller

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Practice Area: Health Law
58:41

The Revised ACBA/ACMS Advance Directive

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

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

Date Recorded: July 11, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Elder Law
1:30:12

The Right to Assemble

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

Date Recorded: April 22, 2022

Speakers: Quinn Cozzens, Miracle Jones, Kevin Goldberg

Moderators: Guiseppe Rosselli

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Practice Area: Government
1:54:08

The Role of Local Counsel in Federal Court

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

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

Date Recorded: March 30, 2022

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

Moderators: Samuel Hornak

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Practice Area: Government
58:23

The Surveillance of a Spouse

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

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

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

Date Recorded: November 14, 2022

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

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Practice Area: Intellectual Property
1:01:56

The Weaponization of Technology in Family Law Cases

As the dependency and use of technology increases, people rely on electronic devices to complete many daily activities. Unfortunately, these same technologies are being seen more and more in family la... Read More »
As the dependency and use of technology increases, people rely on electronic devices to complete many daily activities. Unfortunately, these same technologies are being seen more and more in family law cases where offenders have identified ways to exploit them in order to facilitate harm towards their victims and co-parents alike.

In this interactive workshop, Steven Bradley will explore the risks and benefits of technology, not only for the clients, but also for all individuals in their personal and professional lives. Attendees will learn safety planning and evidence collection strategies for phone technology, location apps, social media, and more. Non-technical language will be used throughout the presentation and how to safely navigate the world of technology.

Date Recorded: October 4, 2023

Speakers: Steven Bradley

Moderators: Michelle Barr

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Practice Area: Family Law
59:34

Third Circuit Precedential and Not Precedential Opinions

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

Specifics to be covered include:

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

Date Recorded: May 25, 2022

Speakers: Jonathan Bruno, Paige Forster, Corrie Woods

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
58:21

Top 20 Procedures Every Firm Should Have in Writing

Every task performed in a firm is a step in a procedure. From answering the phone to closing a file, effectively and efficiently completing those procedures is what gets the work done. Yet many firms ... Read More »
Every task performed in a firm is a step in a procedure. From answering the phone to closing a file, effectively and efficiently completing those procedures is what gets the work done. Yet many firms rely on the procedures that are in their employees' heads or on post-it notes scattered around the office. If an employee leaves or a post-it note gets lost, that valuable information is lost.

Perhaps you do have some things documented. But are those documents in an understandable, consistent format? Is the process happening as you envisioned? Are the right tasks being performed at the right time in the right order by the right people?

This webinar will not only provide you with a list of procedures that need to be documented, but also an easy-to-follow format for doing so. By getting your S.O.P.s (Standard Operating Procedures) together, you will reduce mistakes, improve consistency, clarify roles and build a library for onboarding and cross-training.

Date Recorded: September 20, 2023

Speakers: Tamara Philabaum

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:37

Top Ten Pennsylvania Appellate Decisions from the Past Year

"Appellate court decisions grabbed a lot of headlines last year. A panel, consisting of appellate court clerks turned appellate practitioners, will review the top ten Pennsylvania appellate decisions ... Read More »
"Appellate court decisions grabbed a lot of headlines last year. A panel, consisting of appellate court clerks turned appellate practitioners, will review the top ten Pennsylvania appellate decisions from 2022 (and so far in 2023).

The panel will discuss cases that cover election topics, criminal cases, personal injury/insurance cases, oil-and-gas cases and more. Tune in to brush up on what our appellate courts have decided and how their decisions will change the law going forward."

Date Recorded: April 27, 2023

Speakers: Corrie Woods, Jonathan Bruno, Todd Pappasergi, Michael Feeney, Casey Coyle, Maureen McBride

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Practice Area: Appellate Practice
1:00:48

Trials And Televisions

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

Date Recorded: June 16, 2022

Speakers: Hon. Christine Ward, Stacy Steiner

Moderators: Amelia Goodrich, Lauren Nicols

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Practice Area: Arts and the Law
58:49

U.S. Banking, Financial Laws and Regulations

"Banks and other financial institutions are subject to a myriad of regulations. During this presentation, representatives from Dollar Bank will offer an overview of the major laws and regulations that... Read More »
"Banks and other financial institutions are subject to a myriad of regulations. During this presentation, representatives from Dollar Bank will offer an overview of the major laws and regulations that apply to U.S. financial institutions and how those institutions are regulated.

Specific topics will include the structure of federal banking regulations and regulators, key financial compliance regulations and relevant current topics."

Date Recorded: April 28, 2023

Speakers: James Driscoll, Janell Cross, Jennifer Wright, Morton Stanfield

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:01:21

Understanding EDI Transactions from a Forms-Based Approach

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

Date Recorded: August 26, 2022

Speakers: Harte Pricer, Stuart Benson

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Practice Area: Workers Compensation
1:00:44

Understanding the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board

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

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

Date Recorded: April 29, 2022

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management
1:01:21

USERRA: What Businesses Need to Know

If you have employees serving in the uniformed services, they have rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). USERRA is one of the most powerful of the federa... Read More »
If you have employees serving in the uniformed services, they have rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). USERRA is one of the most powerful of the federal anti-discrimination laws and provides strong remedies to service members whose military service is held against them. To avoid costly lawsuits, civilian employers should know their obligations under this law.

Date Recorded: March 15, 2023

Speakers: Charles Lamberton

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Practice Area: Business Law
1:50:50

Voting Rights and Voter Suppression

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

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

Specific content areas addressed include:

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

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

Date Recorded: April 4, 2022

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

Moderators: Vincent Johnson, Jesse Exilus, Allison Genard

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Practice Area: Government
58:50

Wage and Hour: 2022 Update

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

Specifics to be covered include:

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

Date Recorded: October 25, 2022

Speakers: Leah Sell, Christine Elzer, John DuMont

Moderators: Taylor Gillan

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Practice Area: Labor & Employment
1:47:49

What You Need to Know About Allegheny County Property Tax Appeals

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

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

Date Recorded: March 25, 2022

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

Moderators: Katherine Beers

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Practice Area: Taxation
58:06

Workers' Compensation Basics for the Non-Practicing Attorney

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

Date Recorded: March 14, 2022

Speakers: Stephanie D'Abarno, Dan Bricmont,

Moderators: Danielle Parks

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Practice Area: Law Practice Management

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