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May 11, 2006

Judge Rendell to deliver keynote address at Federal Bench-Bar Conference

The Federal Courts Committee’s annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference moves back into the city on Friday, June 16 with a full program of seminars and a keynote luncheon address from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. A total of 3 CLE credits, including .5 ethics credits, are available.

The conference begins with opening remarks from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III and committee Chair Steven E. Bizar and an introduction from committee Vice Chair Edward G. Biester III.
The first program, “Managing Multi-District Litigation,” includes panelists U.S. District Court Judges James T. Giles, Jan E. DuBois, Mary A. McLaughlin along with Michael D. Donovan, Michael D. Fishbein and Alexander Kerr.

U.S. District Court Judges Eduardo C. Robreno and Gene E.K. Pratter, along with Ellen Merriwether and Dennis R. Suplee, are the panelists for the second program “How Focus on Ethics and Professionalism Improves the Relationship Between the Bench and Bar.”

Following a short break, Linda Dale Hoffa, assistant chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Ronald H. Levine will present “Addressing Requests to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege in Criminal Matters.”

U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson and U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Strawbridge and Stephanie Resnick, a former chair of the Federal Courts Committee, will discuss “Pending Rules Changes on Discovery of Electronic Documents.”

Chief Judge Bartle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Diane W. Sigmund and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will follow with reports.

The program wraps up with closing remarks by Bizar and a reception and luncheon with Judge Rendell providing keynote remarks.

Tuition, which includes breakfast, a course book and lunch, is $175 for members of the bar admitted before Jan. 1, 2002 and $155 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2002. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m.

To register in advance click here.
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