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June 18, 2015

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 19

U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak, the lead prosecutor in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted to date for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks, will be the keynote speaker at the Federal Courts Committee Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 19.

Judge Novak will discuss the investigation and trial. The 4 CLE credit conference will be held at he Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference is a half-day educational event that is attended by federal court practitioners and judges. Attendees will spend the morning hearing panel presentations by both judges and practitioners on topics of current interest in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Presentations include "Effective Advocacy before Federal Magistrate," with U.S. District Court Judges David R. Strawbridge, and Timothy R. Rice; U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley; and attorneys Stephen G. Console, Console Law Offices; Caren Litvin, Law Offices of Caren Litvin; and Gino Benedetti, general counsel at SEPTA.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Thomas L. Ambro and Cheryl Ann Krause will be among the panelists for "Federal Appellate Advocacy - Best Practices." Additional panelists include Robert Zauzmer, assistant U.S. attorney, Appellate Chief, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Brett G. Sweitzer, chief of appeals, Federal Community Defender Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Nancy Winkelman, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

"The Fun Parts of a Trial - Opening, Cross-Examination and Closing" will feature U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond; Dennis R. Suplee, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich, Fox Rothschild LLP; and Carolyn P. Short, Reed Smith LLP.

Panelists for "Federal Sentencing Trends 10 Years After United States v. Booker and Sentencing Advocacy" are U.S. District Court Judges Cynthia M. Rufe and Mitchell S. Goldberg; along with Lou Lappen, first assistant United States Attorney; Leigh Skipper, chief Federal Defender; and Marc S. Raspanti, Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP.

Federal Courts Committee Vice Chairs Leslie A. Mariotti and Michael A. Morse of Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP are the course planners. Visit for more information about the Federal Bench-Bar Conference.

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