Bench-Bar and Annual Conference


Borgata, Atlantic City


October 11-12, 2019


The Philadelphia Bar Association's premier event for networking and socializing with colleagues and members of the judiciary.

Friday, Oct. 11

Continental Breakfast and Meet Our Sponsors

  • 9 a.m.
  • Salon B

(Sponsored by JAMS)

Meet our valued sponsors who have made this year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference possible. Also, we invite you to visit each of our sponsors throughout the Conference to get your "passport" stamped to enter a raffle to win either a new iPad or Apple Watch Series 5!

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Privacy and Security Training: Ethical Obligations of Digital Confidentiality and Safekeeping

(Presented by Law Firm Risk Management and Corporate In-House Counsel committees)

It is imperative to look forward with perfect vision when it comes to data privacy and security which today is one of the leading challenges facing law firms and the judiciary. The statistics are sobering. Every 39 seconds there is a hacker attack. The average cost of a data breach in 2020 will exceed $150 million. Approximately $6 trillion is expected to be spent globally on cybersecurity by 2021. This is not a program you can afford to miss. Security issues aren’t going away. Law firms of all sizes and the judiciary must make privacy and security a priority. This program will address what you need to know about privacy and security, including:

  • Ethics obligations of securing employee, client and litigant data
  • Common threats including phishing, ransomware and password management
  • Security management of internal systems, business and personal electronic devices
Course Planner & Moderator
  • Gina F. Rubel, Esq. – Co-Chair, Law Firm Risk Management Committee
    Chief Operating Officer, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
  • Ryan Brogan - Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber
    US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Susan Durante, Esq. - Director and Senior Corporate Counsel
    Consumer and Marketing & Financial Practices
    Compliance and Litigation
  • Mark G. McCreary, CIPP/US, Esq. - Co-Chair, Law Firm Risk Management Committee
    Chief Privacy Officer and Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

What Civil Trial Attorneys Can Learn From the World’s Best Interrogators

Following the Abu Ghraib scandal in 2003, the best and brightest experts among the international intelligence and law enforcement communities assembled to review centuries of empirical data and create better ways for interrogators to interact with witnesses. Following more than a decade of intense research and data analysis, the first ever Interrogation Best Practices were released. The new protocols for gaining human intelligence, through cooperation and rapport, have yielded solid results in military, intelligence and law enforcement operations at home and abroad.

John Morgenstern will discuss how trial attorneys can draw from the experiences, tactics and techniques of the world’s best interrogators to take more productive and efficient depositions and witness interviews and present better testimony in court, by establishing and maintaining genuine communication and rapport.

  • John Morgenstern, Esq. - Shareholder, Deasey, Mahoney & Valentini, Philadelphia

Due Process and the Border Crisis: The Reality and the Legalities

(Presented by the Immigration Law Committee)

With conflicting and constantly changing reports in the news every day, what is really happening at the U.S. Mexican border? This panel will discuss:

  • The causes of increased migration from Central America and exactly who is trying to "come to America"
  • How the Mexican government is handling the increased level of migration
  • The actual process at the border--Reports from immigration attorneys who have volunteered at the border regarding conditions, asylum processes (“la lista”) and access to legal counsel/representation
  • Who qualifies for asylum under the current law—update on legal standards and procedures, especially regarding pro bono representation
  • What we, as a bar or as individuals can do to assist
  • Course Planner
    • Wendy Castor Hess, Esq. - Chair, Immigration Law Committee
      Landau Hess Simon Choi
    • Matthew Archambeault, Esq. - Law Office of Matthew Archambeault
    • Jose C. Campos, Esq. - The Campos Firm
    • Ayodele Gansallo, Esq., LLM - Senior Staff Attorney, HIAS Pennsylvania
      Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor, University of Pennsylvania Law School


(Sponsored by Robson Forensics)

Dram shop and social host laws vary state by state. When evaluating a case involving an individual who was served alcohol at a restaurant, bar or other establishment, knowing the standard of care for serving and monitoring the consumption of alcohol is key. Jeff Jannarone can address that standard of care, as he has provided the training to servers and managers around the country. Dr. Fox will address the effect that alcohol has on the body. Was a person visibly intoxicated? What was their BAC at a certain point in time? What signs of intoxication would someone have exhibited after X number drinks?

  • Dr. Donald A. Fox - Toxicology & Pharmacology Expert
    Robson Forensic
  • Jeffrey P. Jannarone - Dram Shop & Police Practices Expert
    Robson Forensic
  • Carol Ann Murphy, Esq. - Partner, Margolis Edelstein

Conference Welcome, More Than Lawyers Talks & Networking Lunch

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Salon D

(Sponsored by LawPay)

Five Concurrent CLE / CJE Programs

  • 1 - 2 p.m.

Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — A Two-Sided Argument

(Presented by the LGBT Rights Committee)

Delaware Law School of Widener University Dean Rodney Smolla will argue both sides of the consolidated cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and whether it applies to workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status. Dean Smolla, a nationally recognized constitutional law scholar, has performed this presentation involving various constitutional issues many times across the country. His captivating speaking style, coupled with his renowned scholarship in this substantive area, provides a highly entertaining presentation on an important cutting-edge constitutional issue.

John Savoth will serve as Clerk/Marshall/Facilitator. Judge Daniel Anders will serve as Chief Justice with members of the audience comprising the remainder of the court. The Chief Justice will pose the first question to Dean Smolla, with members of the audience being selected to serve on the court and thereafter participating by questioning him during both sides of his arguments. The audience/court members will be seated in the front along with the presiding “Chief Justice.” The audience/court will vote at the conclusion of the presentation on which “side” won the argument.

  • Hon. Daniel J. Anders - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Civil, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Rodney A. Smolla - Dean, Delaware Law School of Widener University
    Member of the Federal Judiciary
  • John E. Savoth - Past Chancellor and Adjunct Professor of Law-Widener University Delaware Law School

Detecting Fraud in Closely-Held Businesses

(Presented by the Business Litigation Committee)

The most notable frauds that have characterized the past decade have largely been perpetrated by principals of closely-held businesses. The lack of controls, structure and conflict oversight often creates an environment that is opportunity-rich for bad actors. The schemes involved have varied from long-planned, premediated to those that began from a legitimate business that over time evolved into complex fraudulent arrangements. As these fraudulent schemes unfold, there are often red flags that appear and can help those in detecting illicit behavior.

This panel will explore some of the most common signs to the pending discovery of fraud. Case examples will be provided of certain notable frauds and the red flags that were missed. Panelists will address fraudulent schemes, experience in unravelling Ponzi and ‘Ponzi-like’ schemes and the aftermath of such offenses.

  • Hon. Nina Wright-Padilla - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division-Civil
  • Joel Cohen - Managing Director, Dispute Consulting Group, Stout Risius Ross, LLC
  • Eric Milby, Esq. - Lundy, Beldecos & Milby, P.C.
  • Denver G. Edwards, Esq. - Partner, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP

What I Wish I'd Learned in Law School: Running an Ethical Office in the 21st Century

(Sponsored by LawPay and Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division)

Do you often find yourself thinking about skills you wish you had learned in law school? Join us for a fast-paced discussion on the ethical rules and guidelines required in client relations, documenting representation, running your office and using trust accounts. Attendees will also learn strategies for avoiding the five most-common mistakes made in law firms today.

In this practical program, Claude Ducloux examines the best communication practices for addressing clients followed by the ins-and-outs of creating an effective fee agreement. Lastly, discover the necessary steps it takes to run an efficient and ethical office by understanding financial control and the psychology of billing, including a discussion on the proper use of trust accounts.

Key Points:
  • Interviewing clients
  • Creating trust with fee agreements
  • Handling trust accounting
  • Smart billing and collection
  • Claude E. Ducloux, Esq. - Director of LawPay Education, Ethics and Compliance
    LawPay Affinity Solutions

Inside Relocation: Tips for Trying the Ultimate Case for All the Marbles

(Presented by the Family Law Section)

Relocation cases rarely settle, creating a win/lose proposition for clients. There is so much at stake in a relocation case—such as a promising job, a relationship with a new spouse/significant other or returning to a network of family and friends for emotional and/or financial support. With so much on the line, trying a relocation case must be done with meaningful preparation and skill, sometimes on a shoe-string budget. Please join the panel for insight into winning strategies for trying a custody relocation case. It will explore witness examinations, third-party testimony and evidentiary issues that can make or break your case.

  • Julia Swain, Esq. - Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Hon. Michael Fanning - FJD – Family Court Division
  • Walter McHugh, Esq. - Chair, PA Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
    Law Offices of McMonagle Perri McHugh Mischak and Davis
  • Meredith J. Brennan, Esq. - Momjian Anderer, LLC

Handling Mediations in Federal Court & Third Circuit

(Presented by the Federal Courts and Appellate Court committees)

The panel will discuss different ways mediations are handled, how a mediation may position future handling of the case and how to make mediation as successful as possible. The panel, which also includes counsel for plaintiff and defense, will address handling civil, employment and commercial cases.

Course Planner
  • Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Esq. - Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
    Co-Chair Federal Courts Committee
  • Hon. Lawrence Stengel (Ret.) - Shareholder, Saxton & Stump
    Former Chief Judge, Eastern District of PA
  • Hon. Linda Caracappa - Chief Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Penny C. Ellison, Esq. - 3rd Circuit Mediator, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Cynthia A. Locke, Esq. - Federal Mediator, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Dexter R. Hamilton, Esq. - Member, Cozen O’Connor

Refreshment Break - Visit With our Sponsors

  • 2 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Salon B

 (Sponsored by Fleisher Forensics)

Four Concurrent CLE Programs

  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Transition Services for Students and Youth With Disabilities

(Presented by the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee)

This session will examine the changing landscape of preparing individuals with disabilities for life after high school, and will highlight some of the additional obstacles for court-involved youth. It will review the transition requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Pennsylvania child welfare law and discuss how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides additional transition services to these individuals until age 24. The training will conclude by providing the audience with strategies and resources for obtaining the supports students and youth need in order to succeed in life after high school.

  • Lee Awbrey, Esq. - Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender
    Chair, Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee
  • Darlene Hemerka, Esq. - Public Interest Law Center
  • Claudia De Palma, Esq. - Public Interest Law Center
  • Karen Lindell, Esq. - Juvenile Law Center

Ethics of Litigation Funding

(Sponsored by USClaims)

What ethical problems does the rapidly growing field of litigation funding present? Litigation funding is both a highly criticized and helpful area of assisting a client or firm that cannot shoulder the expenses incurred over an extended period of litigation. This secondary market of funding clients and attorneys raises ethical issues including, but not limited to, the attorney-client relationship and privilege. This session both explains legal funding and the merits of assisting the client and the professional responsibilities a lawyer has in assisting his client in obtaining such funding. The program will also explore the present and future implications of litigation funding on the practice of law and highlights recent case law.

  • Rudolph V. De George, II, Esq. - General Counsel, USClaims
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE / CJE Credit
  • Studio 1

Four Fundamental Questions:
…the Questions Upon Which Relationships are Built, Counsel is Given and Decisions are Made

(Sponsored by BPU)

Retirement readiness and financial wellness are in crisis. The fastest growing segment of the working-age population is people between the ages 70 and 75 … and it’s not because they have nothing better to do. The 401(k) system of retirement planning has abjectly failed most Americans. The wealth management industry has missed the mark for most us. So, we work until we can’t.

Make work optional. For those who have figured this out, work becomes fun and productive, knowing you can walk away at any time. The academic research proves this. By thoughtfully asking and answering Four Fundamental Questions, plans emerge that can put anyone on the path to making work optional.

In this session, Paul J. Brahim will illustrate the links between fiduciary law, retirement plans, financial wellness and your retirement security. You’ll learn from the experience of some of the nation’s largest companies and the world’s most famous people.

Featured Presenter
  • Paul J. Brahim, CFP® - Chair and CEO, BPU Investment Management, Inc.

Making Right to Counsel a Reality in Philadelphia for Low-Income Tenants Facing Eviction

(Presented by the Civil Gideon Task Force and Public Interest Section)

This session will highlight the accomplishments of the task force in advocating for a right to counsel for low-income tenants as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. It will provide an overview of the national right to counsel movement in eviction cases; summarize relevant local and national legislation on right-to-counsel; highlight the results of the Stout study; address the direct and collateral consequences to tenants who are not represented in eviction cases; examine changes in Municipal Court’s practices and procedures in the landlord-tenant arena; and discuss the next steps and continued momentum for advocates fighting for tenants’ rights and universal representation in eviction court.

  • George Donnelly - Independence Fellow, The Public Interest Law Center
  • Cathy Carr, Esq. - Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force
  • Eva Gladstein - Deputy Managing Director, Health and Human Services, City of Philadelphia
  • R. Barrett Marshall, Esq. - Director, PEPP Project and Supervising Attorney Community Legal Services
  • Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. - Training & Business Development The Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Refreshment Break - Visit With our Sponsors

  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Salon B

 (Sponsored by the State Civil Litigation Section)

Four Concurrent CLE / CJE Programs

  • 3:30 - 5 p.m.

What's in a Jury? How Shifting Demographics and Access to Justice can Affect Jury Verdicts

(Presented by the State Civil Litigation Section and Diversity in the Profession Committee)

Panelists will discuss shifting jury verdicts, both in outcome and in value; changes in jury composition; and barriers to jury service that create issues with access to justice and a jury of one's peers. Hear from seasoned trial attorneys, gain a judge's insight on observations of subtle and overt shifts in jury dynamics and learn about the science behind choosing a jury.

Course Planners
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Esq. - Tucker Law Group
  • Shabrei Parker, Esq. (Moderator) - Partner, Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross
  • Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen - Administrative Judge, Court of Common Pleas – Trial Division, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Jill Huntley Taylor, Ph.D. - Director, Dispute Dynamics, Inc.
  • Wesley R. Payne, IV, Esq. - Partner, White and Williams, LLP
    Chair, Diversity Committee and Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee
  • Amber M. Racine, Esq. - Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer
    2019 Chair, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • 1.5 Substantive
    CLE / CJE Credit
  • Studio 1

"WHAT'S FREE?"*Meek Mill (2018): How Philadelphia Criminal Justice Partners are Solving Mass Incarceration and Supervisions Through Reforms in Detainer Practice/Supervision and Sentence Revocation and Length of Sentence

(Presented by the Criminal Justice Section)

This CLE will explore and address the present state of probation and parole practices, enforcement and oversight in Philadelphia County. The program will also cover changes and reforms in probation detainer practice, detainer hearings and street supervision. Panelists will examine legislative proposals for reform and how Philadelphia and Pennsylvania efforts in this regard compare with reform campaigns in other jurisdictions.

Moderator/Course Planner
  • Thomas J. Innes, III, Esq. - Director, Prison Services
    Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Hon. Charles A. Ehrlich - Court of Common Pleas – Trial Division, First Judicial District
  • Byron Cotter, Esq. - Probation, Parole, and Alternative Sentencing Unit, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Darlene Miller - Chief, Philadelphia County Probation and Parole
  • Sangeeta Prasad, Esq. - Stoneleigh Fellow, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Victoria Sanita, Esq. - Probation, Parole, and Alternative Sentencing Unit, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Troy H. Wilson, Esq. - Wilson Law Offices

Protecting Yourself, Your Firm and Your Clients From Negative Online Content

(Presented by Philadephia Bar Foundation)

The average Google user will not bother to scroll past the first five listings in their search result. What impression do you make in this small window of influence when a potential client, referral source or stakeholder Googles you? People make decisions about competency, capability and trustworthiness based solely on what populates the top positions of search engine results. So, what happens if your business cannot be found anywhere online, if your profiles have accumulated too many negative reviews over the years or, even worse, if the first page of Google serves negative news stories and links?

Online reputation can be an around-the-clock benefit or can work entirely against you. An excellent, or at least decent, digital presence is what draws prospective opportunities, and a poor reputation is what keeps them away. In this CLE, participants will learn how to:

  • Quickly evaluate online reputation with relation to a digital footprint
  • Learn how to take control of managed, partially managed and unmanaged online content
  • Engage in proactive content marketing including social media, video, blogging, online advertising and syndication
  • Implement basic search engine optimization… everywhere
  • Address and suppress negative content
Course Planner
  • Laura Powers - Director of Development & Communications, Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Tony Lopes, Esq. - Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
  • Sameer Somal, Esq. - Blue Ocean Global Technology

Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue: Strategies to Support Lawyers and Judges

(Presented by NBA Women's Lawyers Division)

Whether it’s called secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious traumatization or compassion fatigue, those in the legal profession often suffer emotional duress when hearing about the firsthand trauma experience of another. This panel will examine the science behind this syndrome, provide an overview of vicarious trauma, it’s impact and offer strategies to support lawyers and judges.

Course Planner
  • Hon. Timika Lane - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Criminal, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
    Co-Chair, ACE Committee
  • Hon. Lori Dumas - Court of Common Pleas - Family Court, Juvenile Division, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Gwendolyn N. Bright - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Criminal, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Ariane Thomas, Psy.D/J.D - Lecturer in Educational Practice
    Associate Director for Professional Training, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division, University of Pennsylvania
  • Deborah Watson-Stokes, Esq. - Assistant District Attorney, Municipal Court Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Rep. Joanna E. McClinton - 191st Legislative District, Democratic Caucus Chair, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

CLE / CJE Program and Presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award

  • 5 - 6:15 p.m.

We will proudly present Hon. Jacqueline F. Allen, Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas-Trial Division, with the 2019 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.

  • 1 Substantive
    CLE / CJE Credits
  • Salon D


(Sponsored by CourtCall)

In this engaging conversation, the moderator will address of a potpourri of topics with four of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices. The justices will explain what works and what doesn’t work for each of them. Attendees will hear the justices’ candid observations and practice tips regarding the following topics, among others:

  • Allocatur/acceptance
  • Argument
  • Voting
  • Decision-making
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s relationship with other governmental units
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s relationship with lower Pennsylvania courts
Course Planner/Moderator
  • Benjamin J. Baer, Esq. - Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., Philadelphia
  • Hon. Thomas G. Saylor - Chief Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Hon. Max Baer - Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Hon. Kevin M. Dougherty - Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Hon. Sallie Updyke Mundy - Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Happy Hour

  • 6:15 - 7 p.m.
  • Pre-Function

 (Sponsored by Provident Bank)

Dinner Reception

  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Salon A

 (Sponsored by LawPay)

Dessert and Dancing

  • 8 - 10 p.m.
  • Premier Nightclub

 (Sponsored by LawPay)

Saturday, Oct. 12


  • 8 a.m.
  • Salon D
  • First Passport Giveaway

 (Sponsored by ABC Bail Bonds)

CLE / CJE Program

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • 1 Substantive
    CLE / CJE Credit
  • Salon D

Juris Jeopardy: Philadelphia Edition

(Presented by the First Judicial District)

TThe First Judicial District presents yet another innovative and exciting program in a “Jeopardy” format that explores a wide range of topics faced by Philadelphia judges. Hosts of this Jeopardy experience will pose questions in categories ranging from civil and criminal procedure, to notable case law, to fun Philadelphia trivia!

  • Kevin V. Mincey, Esq. - Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross
Panelists *
  • Hon. Idee Fox - President Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Civil, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Mia Perez - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Christopher Mallios - Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Maria McLaughlin - Pennsylvania Superior Court
  • Hon. Lori Dumas - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Civil, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Break - Visit With Our Sponsors

  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

4 Concurrent CLE/CJE Programs

  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Toxicology for Attorneys: Science and Evidentiary Rules

(Presented by the Workers’ Compensation Section )

Allison A. Muller will teach attorneys about various uses for the science of toxicology in the courtroom. Learn the effects of common street and prescription drugs, how to differentiate between drug levels obtained from blood vs. urine vs. breath, how to identify common false positives when looking at drug screens, how to assess the utility of drug levels for commonly encountered street and legal drugs, and how to tell how impaired someone is from their drug level. Finally, attorneys Kelly Hemple and J.P. DeMarco will discuss how to appropriately handle these findings in the courtroom to ensure admission into evidence on the defense side, and the best results for your client on both the defense and claimant/plaintiff side.

  • Allison A. Muller, Pharm.D, D.ABAT - Acri Muller Consulting, LLC
  • Jon Paul DeMarco, Esq. - Law Office of Nathaniel M. Holmes, LLC
  • Kelly Hemple, Esq. - Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo

Equal Pay: What’s Ahead in Legislation & Litigation

(Presented by the Women's Rights Committee)

Equal Pay laws at the state and federal levels have been on the books for over half a century, but pay disparities persist. Women in Pennsylvania make about 80% of what men are paid, and the wage gap is even larger for women of color. African American women and Latinas, on average, make only 68% and 57%, respectively, of the wages paid to white men. Research also suggests that LGBT workers also experience a pay disparity. In this course, a panel of experts will discuss the persistence of these disparities, the proposed legislation to fix it and the pending litigation in this area..

Course Planners
  • Catherine Barbieri, Esq. - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Erin Lamb, Esq. - Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP
    Co-chairs, Women’s Rights Committee
  • Rep. Joanna E. McClinton - 191st Legislative District, Democratic Caucus Chair, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Amal Bass, Esq. - Women’s Law Project
    Co-chair, Women’s Rights Committee
  • Jeffrey Campolongo, Esq. - The Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo

How to Make Ethical Referrals Going Forward and Avoid Traps of the Past

(Presented by the Lawyer Referral and Information Service)

This ethics presentation will address:

  1. The Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct regarding referrals
  2. Recent case law regarding referrals
  3. How to avoid negligent referrals
  4. Whether negligent referrals can lead to malpractice

This interactive session will also present a series of hypotheticals calling for audience participation to determine whether a referral violates the rules.

  • William P. Fedullo, Esq. - Law Offices William P. Fedullo
    Co-Chair, Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee
  • Sayde J. Ladov, Esq. - Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C.
    Co-Chair, Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee
  • Charlie Klitsch, Esq. - Director of Public and Legal Services, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Ramona Mariani, Esq. - First Assistant Acting Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel,Office of Disciplinary Counsel
  • Rhonda Hill Wilson, Esq. - Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C.
    Panel Member, Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee

Let’s Talk Cannabis: Pennsylvania Legislature and Judiciary Perspectives

(Presented by the ACE Committee /Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee)

Marijuana usage has spiked in popularity and is reflected more prominently in main street culture. Attendees of this session will be provided with an overview of the current federal, Pennsylvania and New Jersey laws governing medical and adult-use cannabis with a distinction between hemp and marijuana. The current national and regional markets will be explored and updated legislative efforts surrounding existing and proposed laws will be examined. Misconceptions held by students, teenagers and youth, as seen from the sitting judiciary, will provide insight into current “best practices” to combat the misinformation about the legal status of cannabis and its associated products. The program will aid practitioners in navigating the new cannabis industry and promises to generate lively discussion.

Course Planner
  • Hon. Timika Lane - Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division – Criminal, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
    Co-Chair, ACE Committee
  • Hon. Christine M. Hope - Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Hon. Henry Lewandowski - Philadelphia Municipal Court
    Co-Chair, ACE Committee
  • Sen. Sharif Street - 3rd Senatorial District Office, Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Justin Moriconi, Esq. - Moriconi Flowers Ltd
    Co-Chair, Marijuana Hemp Committee

Conference Conclusion and Plenary

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Salon D
  • Second Passport Giveaway

Philadelphia 2020: Looking Forward with Perfect Vision

Our panel of luminary Philadelphians will have a candid talk about how we can make our city more welcoming for business, more welcoming for visitors and more welcoming for all. They’ll field important questions including:

  • What does Philadelphia 2020 look like to you?
  • What great things can we look forward to over the next decade?
  • What do you think we need to do to move us forward?
  • What are our challenges and opportunities?
  • Cherri Gregg, Esq. - Community Affairs Reporter & Host, Flashpoint, KYW Newsradio, Entercom | Philadelphia
  • David L. Cohen, Esq. - Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast
  • Jeff Guaracino - President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia
  • Evan Thornburg - Deputy Director, Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia


For sponsorship information contact, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Director of Meetings and Special Events, Tracey McCloskey.