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Philadelphia Bar Association

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Friday, June 09, 2017

9:00 AM

Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
10 Avenue of the Arts
Grand Ballroom
Philadelphia, PA 191052

3.5 Total (2.5 SUB/1 ETH*)

Registration Info:
Continental Breakfast and Registration begin at 8:15 AM

Complete Program Agenda noted on the right, beneath description.


Conference Faculty:
Full faculty is listed beneath each session within the conference agenda to the right.

2017 Federal Bench Bar Conference

CLE - 2017 Federal Bench Bar Conference

Hosted by the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Due to an incredible response, we have reached capacity and REGISTRATION IS CLOSED for this conference! Thank you to all registered.

This half-day annual conference, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, offers in-depth CLE discussions on legal and practice topics important to the Federal Court Practice community in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Federal Bench Bar Conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice in the courts and encourages civility in the courts.

The Conference will begin with welcome and opening remarks by the Co-Chairs of the Federal Courts Committee, Colleen M. Bannon, Esq. and Diana P. Cortes, Esq., followed by an introduction of the program by this year's Conference planner and Vice Chair, Phinorice J. Boldin, Esq.

This conference is historically attended by the many federal practice leaders and members of the judiciary in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and offers an excellent opportunity for education and networking.


8:15 - 8:45 -- Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45 - 8:47 -- Conference CLE Administrative Remarks

8:47 - 8:50 -- Welcome & Opening Remarks
Colleen M. Bannon, Esq. and Diana P. Cortes, Esq.
Federal Courts Committee Co-Chairs

8:50 - 8:55 -- Introduction to Program and Panels
Phinorice J. Boldin, Esq.
Conference planner and Federal Courts Committee Vice Chair

8:55 - 9:00 -- Pro Bono Opportunities with the E.D.Pa
Honorable Elizabeth T. Hey, Magistrate Judge

9:00 - 9:45 -- How International Law and Litigation Abroad Impact Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honorable Michael M. Baylson, U.S. District Court Judge
Honorable David R. Strawbridge, Magistrate Judge
Jordan L. Fischer, Esq.
David Kessler, Esq.

9:45 - 10:45 -- How to Defend a Party with Potential Civil and Criminal Liability
Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, Chief Judge
Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg, U.S. District Court Judge
Zane D. Memeger, Esq.
Catherine M. Recker, Esq.

10:45 - 11:15 -- NETWORKING Break
Socialize and network with federal practice leaders and members of the judiciary in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

11:15 - 12:00 -- Practice Tips from Magistrate Judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honorable Linda K. Caracappa, Chief Magistrate Judge
Honorable Henry S. Perkin, Magistrate Judge
Honorable Marilyn Heffley, Magistrate Judge
Honorable Richard A. Lloret, Magistrate Judge
Moderator: Phinorice J. Boldin, Esq.

12:00 - 12:15 -- Reports on the State of the Courts in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, Chief Judge, E.D.Pa
Honorable Eric L. Frank, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Crt. E.D.Pa
Kate Barkman, Esq., Clerk of Court, E.D.Pa

12:15 - 1:15 -- Promoting Justice and Equity: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety and Stereotyping in the Courtroom (includes time to grab lunch and take a seat)
This luncheon CLE session will provide an overview of the social science which explains how stereotypes about race, ethnicity and other groups can create challenges to fairness in the Courtroom and the strategies to address the challenges.
Professor Rachel Godsil, Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Program agenda is subject to change.

3.5 Total CLE credits(2.5 SUB/1 ETH*) available.
*1 hour of ethics is integrated within the presentation of this conference. An attorney must attend the conference in its entirety to earn the ethics credit. If arriving late or leaving early, the attorney will earn only substantive credit for the amount of time attended.

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