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April 05, 2005

Bench-Bar Returns to the Boardwalk Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

Federal and state judges will be among the panelists for seminars at the Association’s Bench-Bar Conference at The Quarter at Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The Conference offers 6.5 CLE credits.

“We are certain that this year’s conference will offer a wide variety of CLE and therefore attract a broad cross section of members. The courses are thoughtful and thought-provoking and feature top speakers in their respective practice areas,” said Conference Co-Chair Sayde J. Ladov.

“I hope that members will consider bringing their families and significant others to the conference to enjoy the amenities of the Tropicana,” she said. The programs feature a mix of judges, practitioners and scholars with expertise in their fields. There are 16 different seminars from which to choose.

“The Bench-Bar Conference is one of the few opportunities to meet inform-ally with the judiciary to exchange ideas as to how our excellent court system can be made even better,” said Conference Co-Chair Mitchell L. Bach.

“I have personally seen how attorneys and judges working together can collaborate to make revolutionary changes in our courts. We hope that you will join us to strengthen the bond and continue the dialogue between the bench and the bar, to participate in some excellent CLE and to enjoy a great time,” he said.

Prices to attend the full conference are $445 for Association members, $295 for Association members who work for nonprofit or government agencies or are members of the Young Lawyers Division and $495 for nonmembers.

One-day Bench-Bar Conference packages are also available, as are individual tickets to the Friday, Sept. 30 Grand Reception.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling (800) 247-8767. Please note that all courses and starting times are subject to change.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson and Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge James J. Fitzgerald III are expected to speak at the conference’s Opening Luncheon on Friday on “The State of the Court.” Other panelists include William J. Manfredi (supervising judge, Civil Division); D. Webster Keogh (supervising judge, Criminal Division); Idee C. Fox (supervising judge, Family Court, Domestic Relations Division); Robert S. Blasi; James DeLeon; Kevin M. Dougherty (supervising judge, Family Court, Juvenile Division); Myrna P. Field (administrative judge, Family Court); Joseph D. O’Keefe (supervising judge, Orphans Court); and Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr.

Friday’s courses begin with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein as the course planner and presenter for “Evidence with the Hon. Mark I. Bernstein Part I,” at 2:15 p.m.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judges Kevin J. Carey and Stephen Raslavich will be joined by panelists Edward J. DiDonato and Michael G. Menkowitz for the program “The New Bankruptcy Law” at 2:15 p.m. on Friday.

Harper J. Dimmerman and Alan M. Nochumson are the course planners and presenters for “Real Estate: Emin-ent Domain and Other Considerations” at 2:15 p.m. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Matthew J. Carrafiello and Michael E. Adler are also panelists for the program.

Rocio Vazquez Alvarez, Consul of Protection of the Mexican Consulate; Virginia Gutierrez; Marla Soffer; and Philadelphia Bar Association Assistant Executive Director Paul J. Kazaras are the panelists for “Immigration: Representation of the Mexican Community – A Case Study” at 2:15 p.m.

Following a short break, Judge Bernstein returns with Part II of his program on evidence at 3:30 p.m.

Kim R. Jessum is the course planner for the 3:30 p.m. program, “Dealing with the News Media: Ethical and Practical Considerations.” Other panelists include Daniel A. Cirucci, the Association’s associate executive director for communications and public policy; Sean Connolly of Triad Strategies, Emilie Lounsberry of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Michael Riccardi of The Legal Intelligencer. The program will be moderated by Mary Beth Pratt, chief marketing officer of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman is joined by course planner and moderator Andrew D. Swain and panelists Laura A. Feldman, James E. Elam and Common Pleas Court Judge Howland W. Abramson for the 3:30 p.m. program “Important Considerations in Developing a New Law Practice.”

The Grand Reception, one of the highlights of the Bench-Bar Conference, begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and wraps up the day’s events.

Saturday’s schedule begins with a buffet breakfast at 7:45 a.m.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge C. Darnell Jones; Isla Fruchter; University of Pennsylvania Law School Prof. Jules Epstein; and Widener University School of Law Prof. Leonard Sosnov will be the panelists for Satur-day’s 8:30 a.m. program “The 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments (and their Pennsylvania Counterparts) in the post-9/11 Universe.”

Richard Seidel, Donald E. Matusow, Andrew L. Braunfeld, Benjamin A. Post and Common Pleas Court Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will be the panelists for the 9:30 a.m. program, “Medical Malpractice Issues and Updates – Part I.” Part II of the program continues at 11 a.m.

Sherrie R. Savett, Robin Locke Nagele and Alan Kaplinsky will be the panelists for the 9:30 a.m. program, “Updates of the Implementation of the New Class Action Law.”

Family Law Section Chair Milton S. Savage Jr. is the course planner for the 9:30 a.m. program, “Emerging Issues in Family Law: The Status of Grandparents’ Rights and the Effect of Same-Sex Marriage on Pennsylvania Law and Policy.” Margaret Klaw is the moderator for the program. Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Matthews and Mark Momjiam are the panelists for the grandparents’ rights portion of the program, while Momjian, Stacey Sobel and Helen Casale are the panelists on the same-sex marriage topic.

Workers’ Compensation Bureau Judge Marc Harrison, Matthew S. Wynn, W. Michael Mulvey and Ronald A. Kovler are the panelists for the 9:30 a.m. program, “Workers’ Compensation Updates, Hot Tips and Subrogation: Do’s and Don’ts.”

Judge C. Darnell Jones, Rudolph Garcia, Howard D. Scher and James DeCrecenzo will be the panelists for “Effective Technology for Commercial Trials: Bring Your Case to Life and Show the Jury Your Perpsective” at 9:30 a.m.

Following a short break, the 11 a.m. programs include “Mediation and other ADR Advocacy in the Commerce Case Program: Paradigm Shift for Litigators” with panelists Gregory W. Mathews, Common Pleas Court Judge Howland W. Abramson and Prof. Harold I. Abramson of Touro Law School.

Shira J. Goodman is the course planner and moderator for the 11 a.m. program, “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Juries.” Panelists include Ann Greeley, Hope S. Freiwald, Nadine Overton and Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo.

Milton S. Savage Jr. and Meredith Brennan are the course planners for “Family Law Updates on Divorce: Equitable Distribution, Support and Custody” at 11 a.m. Panelists include Karen F. Zeitz, David I. Grunfeld, Carol E. Cardonick, Elaine Smith, David J. Steerman and Judge Idee C. Fox.

Joseph E. Ronan and David Shechtman are the panelists for “Tax Consequences of Settlements, Judgments and Payments of Attorney Fees” at 11 a.m.

The 2005 Bench-Bar Conference ends with a Closing Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. addressing “Do We Mean Business in Philadelphia?” The panelists are Paul Levy, executive director of the Center City District, and Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

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Click HERE to register online for the full conference.

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