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April 28, 2005

Federal Bench-Bar Conference Set for June 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Federal Courts Committee and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 10 at Ashbourne Country Club in Cheltenham, Pa.

The conference, which features 3 substantive CLE credits, begins with registration and breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 11:55 a.m. with a reception and luncheon.

The program begins with remarks from Federal Courts Committee Chair Abbe F. Fletman, Committee Vice Chair and conference planner Steven E. Bizar and U.S. District Court Chief Judge James T. Giles.

"This will be a great opportunity for attorneys to socialize with district and magistrate judges who preside over our cases," Bizar said.

"The program that we've assembled this year is absolutely fantastic. Each of the issues we've decided to address is current. The people we've asked to participate on the panels are leading lawyers and judges who have insights to share with the people who attend," he said. "And you get three substantive credits for learning and socializing," Bizar said.

Former Committee Chair Howard D. Scher will chair the first program, "The E-Trail from the Boardroom to the Courtroom: Electronic Discovery and Evidence" with panelists Elizabeth K. Ainslie, Larry Turner and Dorothy P. Watson and U.S. District Court Judges Anita B. Brody and Gene E.K. Pratter.

Bizar will chair the second panel "Rule 23: Recent Developments and Changes (Arbitrability of Class Actions, the Impact of Amchem, Rule 23 Amendments, and the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act)." Panelists include U.S. District Court Judges Eduardo C. Rob-reno and Stewart L. Dalzell along with attorneys Joseph C. Kohn, Barbara Mather, Kenneth Trujillo and Ellen Meriwether.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer and David L. McColgin of the Defender Association of Philadelphia - Federal Division will discuss "The Impact of the Supreme Court's Recent Decisions on The Future of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Comments From the Prosecution and Defense" during the third session.

The final session will feature a discussion of hot topics and recent developments with the topic, "Are the Federal Courts More Efficient at Resolving Disputes Than Arbitration Panels? The Case For and Against a 'Rocket' Docket." The panel will be chaired by Amy B. Ginensky and will feature former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich and Judith P. Meyer as well as U.S. District Court Judges Harvey Bartle and Juan R. Sanchez with reports by Chief Judge Giles, Clerk of Court Michael Kunz and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Diane Sigmund.

Tuition, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $149 for members of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or any county bar association. Tuition for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2001 is $129; nonmembers, $169; paralegals attending with an attorney, $99; paralegals attending alone, $129; judges and judicial law clerks, $75; and $65 for judges and judicial law clerks admitted after Jan. 1, 2001. One copy of the course materials is included in the registration fee. These materials are not available for separate purchase.

Tee times are available following the Federal Bench-Bar Conference for an additional charge. Contact Stephanie Krzywanski at (215) 238-6360 for more information.

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