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Federal Practice Institute 2020

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Bar Association of Lehigh County
1114 Walnut Street, Allentown PA, 18102
STARTFri., Oct. 23, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Oct. 23, 2020
4:10 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Westmoreland County Bar Association
100 North Maple Ave., Greensburg PA, 15601
STARTFri., Oct. 23, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Oct. 23, 2020
4:10 PM

STARTFri., Oct. 23, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Oct. 23, 2020
4:10 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00


Get all the tools you need to succeed in federal court
Using a hypothetical case, federal judges, seasoned practitioners and academics will explore the latest developments affecting your federal practice. Advance your knowledge and become a better advocate for your client.

Hear from eight federal judges
Here is your chance to hear directly from the judges and take away tips and strategies for trying your case in federal court.
Learn how the judges think about key issues.
Understand the procedures involved in moving your case through the court.

What you’ll discover
You will  gain valuable insight into:
Key differences between trying a case in state court versus federal court
Best strategies for bringing your case in federal court
How to best represent your client in federal court

Program Schedule

9:00 - 10:00 am

First Things: Case Assessment, Forum Selection and Interim Relief

This panel will set up the hypothetical case to be used throughout the day. Come to hear a lively discussion on forum selection, removal, remand, jurisdiction, initial case assessment and temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions practice.


10:00 - 10:10 am



10:10 - 11:10 am

Pretrial Procedures

Here is your opportunity to hear the judges discuss scheduling, electronic discovery, pretrial orders, motions in limine and jury selection


11:10 - 11:20 am



11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Stay Where You Are: A Bankruptcy Has Been Filed!

The filing of a bankruptcy petition under Title 11 triggers an automatic stay of the commencement or continuation of proceedings in state and federal court. This panel will discuss the impact of a bankruptcy filing on pending litigation from the perspective of the bench as well as both creditor's and debtor's counsel.


12:20 - 12:50 pm



12:50 - 1:50 pm

Challenges Facing Law Schools During COVID-19


1:50 - 2:00 pm



2:00 - 3:00 pm

Dangers Beneath the Surface: When Civil Litigation Digs Up Criminal Conduct

This panel will address issues arising from paraleel proceedings, such as the line between civil and criminal fraud and the ethical handling of criminal allegations.


3:00 - 3:10 pm



3:10 - 4:10 pm

Appellate Review: Knocking on the Door of the Court of Appeals During Litigation

This panel will address when the appellate court may "open the door" to your "knock" prior to a final order in the case, including appeals from orders denying or granting remand, temporary or preliminary injunctions, grand jury subpoenas, and proper preservation of the record during this process.



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Practice Areas


Professor Mohamed Rali Badissy Penn State Dickinson Law (Carlisle)
Hon. Matthew W. Brann U.S Federal Court
Hon. Martin C. Carlson Chambers of Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson
Nancy Conrad Esq. White and Williams LLP (Center Vly)
Dean Danielle M. Conway Penn State Dickinson Law (Carlisle)
David R. Fine Esq. K & L Gates LLP (Hbg)
Hon. D. Michael Fisher United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
David J. Freed Esq. U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of PA
Philip Gelso Esq.
Melinda C. Ghilardi Esq. Munley Law PC
Stephanie L. Hersperger Esq. Pion Nerone Girman Winslow & Smith PC (Hbg)
Ronald L Hicks Jr. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP (PGH)
Anne N. John Esq. John & John, Attorneys at Law
Marie Milie Jones Esq. JonesPassodelis PLLC
Honorable Robert David Mariani Esq. William J. Nealon Federal Building & Courthouse
Hon. Karoline Mehalchick U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Menichini Esq. Joyce Carmody & Moran PC
Jeremy A. Mercer Esq. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP (PGH)
Riley H. Ross III, M.A., J.D. Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC
Hon. Susan E. Schwab US Dist Ct Middle Dist of PA
David E. Schwager Esq. PBA President
Chariton Schwager & Malak
Kathryn Lease Simpson Esq. Mette, Evans & Woodside
Quin Sorenson Esq.
Ms. Jill Moler Spott Esq. Sheils Law Associates
Hon. Henry W. Van Eck US Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of PA
Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie
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