April 22, 2002
Federal Bench-Bar Conference to be Held June 14 in CheltenhamLawyers and judges who practice and preside in the local federal courts are invited to attend the 2002 Federal Bench-Bar Conference, set for Friday, June 14 at Ashbourne Country Club in Cheltenham, Pa. The event will be cosponsored by the Federal Courts Committee and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
The conference, an educational and recreational event for federal court practitioners and judges, offers 2.5 substantive and 0.5 ethics continuing legal education credits and will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. On-site registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. Litigators and judges will then discuss topics of interest in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following an on-site luncheon, the afternoon is open for relaxing and golf.
Federal Courts Committee Chair Howard D. Scher, partner in Buchanan Ingersoll P.C., and Committee Vice Chair Stephanie Resnick, partner in Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel LLP, are course planners for the conference.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge James T. Giles will open the conference with welcoming remarks. Resnick will then introduce the first session, "A Panel Discussion of the Role and Responsibilities of Local Counsel." The program will feature program coordinator Abraham C. Reich of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel LLP and the following judicial panelists: District Judges Norma L. Shapiro and Lowell A. Reed, Jr. They will be joined by attorneys C. Clark Hodgson of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP and Sherry A. Swirsky of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.
Conference participants then can hear a "Report from the U.S. Attorney's Office," presented by U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan. Topics will include terrorism, Project Safe Neighborhood, predatory lending and crime mapping and intelligence.
The second panel discussion, "Best Practices in Civil Litigation: A Review of Practices in This Jurisdiction and Others," will feature program coordinator Jami Wintz McKeon of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and the following panelists: U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. DuBois, joined by attorneys Robert C. Heim of Dechert, H. Laddie Montague of Berger & Montague P.C., and Howard D. Scher.
A presentation of "Recent Developments and Hot Topics" will include Clerk of the Court Michael E. Kunz's annual report on the state of the court; discussions of electronic case filing and courtrooms, court security, video conferencing and new mediation rules; and a bankruptcy court update. Joining Kunz will be Chief Judge Giles, U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin J. Carey, U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda K. Caracappa, Program Coordinator Mary F. Platt of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, and attorneys James M. Becker of Saul Ewing LLP and Michael H. Reed of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Chief Judge Giles and Committee Chair Scher will lead a session on "Good and Welfare" and Scher then will make closing remarks.
Tuition is $135 for members of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia or any other county bar association or any cosponsoring organization, $115 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 1998 and $155 for nonmembers. One copy of the 2002 Federal Bench-Bar Conference course manual is included with registration. The materials are not available for separate purchase.
Conference registration may be obtained by calling PBI at (800) 247-4724 or (800) 932-4637 or by visiting PBI online. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Arrangements for golf following the conference, at an additional charge, may be made by contacting the Philadelphia Bar Association's Meeting Manager, Stephanie Krzywanski, at (215) 238-6360.