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PBA Civil Litigation Section Retreat 2021

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---------- CLE 3 sub/2 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
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Join us for the same great content of the Retreat in a virtual format this year.

Program schedule

Welcome and Introduction

Conducting Complex Litigation - Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle

Judge Kearney, Judge Domitrovich, Judge Nealon, Tom Hurd, Kim Krupka, Brian Simmons (moderator)

As litigation becomes more complex, the challenges for the litigator become more daunting. Get some tips from experienced judges and trial lawyers to help you successfully navigate those challenges.

Ethical Issues in Complex Litigation: More Fuel for Sleepless Nights

Judge  Kearney, Judge Domitrovich, Judge Nealon, Tom Hurd, Kim Krupka, Tom Wilkinson (moderator)

Complex litigation creates unique ethical issues. Our experienced panel will examine some of the ethical challenges to look out for and how to deal with them.

Diversity and Inclusion in Civil Litigation

Judge Oliver, Wes Payne, Jay Silberblatt, Trent Hargrove (moderator,), Jessie Smith (moderator)

Join us for an interactive discussion using real-life scenarios about issues affecting your practice. Topics will include addressing and responding to conduct that is based on gender, race and other protected categories.

Inside View of Appellate Practice and Procedures

Judge Rendell, Judge Nichols, Judge Leavitt, Karl Myers, Pam Van Blunk (moderator)

This appellate practice roundtable discussion will include a behind the scenes view of our appellate courts, practice tips for briefs and oral argument, and professionalism and civility among the bar. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to get the inside scoop from distinguished members of our appellate bench.

A Different Persuasion: Arguing Before the Appellate Courts

Judge Rendell, Judge Nichols, Judge Leavitt, Joshua Engel, Leslie Greenspan, Riley Ross, III, Dean Rodney Smolla, Virginia Hinrichs McMichael, Nancy Conrad (moderator)

In this session, oral argument will be presented on two cases followed by discussion with our appellate bench, including practice tips on how to be persuasive before an appellate court. Take away insights from the judges about what they look for in oral arguments.


All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI customer service at 800-932-4637. Please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed version of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in May 2021.

Practice Areas


Nancy Conrad Esq. White and Williams LLP (Center Vly)
Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich (Ret.)
Joshua A. Engel Esq. Engel & Martin, LLC
Leslie M. Greenspan Esq. Tucker Law Group
Trent Hargrove Esq. Pennsylvania Bar Association
Thomas R. Hurd Esq. McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP (Phila)
Hon. Mark A. Kearney United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Kimberly Gobla Krupka Esq. Gross McGinley LLP (Allentown)
Hon. Mary Hannah Leavitt Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Virginia Hinrichs McMichael Esq. Appellate Law Group, LLC
Karl S. Myers Esq. Stevens & Lee (Phila)
Hon. Terrence R. Nealon Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas
Hon. Carolyn H. Nichols Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Hon. Katherine VanBuskirk Oliver Centre County Courthouse
Wesley R. Payne IV, Esq. White and Williams LLP (Phila)
Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Phila)
Riley H. Ross III, Esq. Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC
Jay N. Silberblatt Esq. Silberblatt Mermelstein
Brian H. Simmons Esq. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC (Pgh)
Jessie L. Smith Esq.
Rodney A. Smolla Esq. Widener University
Pamela A. (Lee) Van Blunk Esq. Van Blunk Law, LLC
Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq. Cozen O'Connor (Phila)
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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