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Criminal Law Symposium 2022

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In-Person - Mechanicsburg Day One
PBI Conference Center
5080 Ritter Road, Rossmoyne Exit, Rt. 15, Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
STARTThu., Jun. 02, 2022
9:00 AM
ENDThu., Jun. 02, 2022
5:05 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $399.00
New Attorney: $200.00
Remote - Live Webcast Day One

STARTThu., Jun. 02, 2022
9:00 AM
ENDThu., Jun. 02, 2022
5:05 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Remote - Live Webcast Day Two

STARTFri., Jun. 03, 2022
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Jun. 03, 2022
4:10 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00


The PBA COVID-19 vaccination policy is linked here.

The event of the year for every criminal law attorney is back!

The first day of the Symposium will consist of one-track of the most important topics presented by dynamic and talented faculty, with the opportunity to attend in person or virtually.

The second day of the Symposium offers the session choices that you have come to love about the Symposium. We will offer a "build your own" Symposium in a virtual format that you can take from the comfort of your home or office. Join us this year as the Criminal Law Symposium continues to provide you with the practical teaching and updated information in criminal law.

The Symposium is the Go-To Event of the Year

The Symposium is the premier event of the year for everyone practicing in the criminal law field. You'll be updated on all the newest developments and cases, including the every popular Year in Review, updates in search and seizure, sentencing, DUI and medical marijuana and the Dept. of Corrections.  With 23 sessions, you can create a learning event best suited to your practice.

You can also earn up to six capital case credits.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Live in Person 

9:05 am - 10:35 am

The Year in Review
Judge Mariani, Judge Marsico and Prof. Antkowiak

It’s your annual opportunity to catch up on all the latest developments in criminal law. Judge Mariani, Judge Marsico and Professor Antkowiak team up to fill you in on all the latest significant case law. In this lively session, they will offer their perspectives on how the developing case law should change the way you try your cases.

10:35 am - 10:55 am - Break

10:55 am - 12:25 pm

Search and Seizure Update
Prof. Rudovsky

Back again this year, Professor Rudovsky will provide you with a thorough analysis of all of the recent Supreme Court cases, as well as updates on federal and state constitutional issues involving stops, arrests, searches and seizures. You won’t want to miss it!

12:25 pm - 1:25 pm -  Lunch Break

1:25 pm - 2:25 pm

Annual Update on Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines
Mark Bergstrom and Ryan Meyers

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing published a working draft of sentencing guidelines proposals for public comment.  The proposals were developed following a comprehensive review of the guidelines that began in 2014 and suggest a restructuring of the guidelines to: provide more targeted sentence recommendations, redirect the primary focus of the recommendations on factors related to the conviction offense, and reduce the impact of the prior record score.  This update will address the feedback received during public hearings, and the next steps being considered by the Commission toward adoption of the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines

2:25 pm - 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Sentencing Update

Stuart Suss

Stu Suss knows sentencing inside and out. He will guide you through the latest developments in sentencing. Join him as he reviews significant rulings from the past 12 months.

3:45 pm - 4:05 pm - Break

4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

Shackled to the Screen: The Imprisonment of the Legal Profession (Ethics)
Laurie Besden

Join Laurie Besden, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, for a discussion focused on how our dependence on screens is negatively impacting our mental health. The prevalence rates of substance use and mental health challenges in the legal profession were already astounding yet our inability to "de-screen" is only magnifying feelings of isolation and loneliness. Navigating the pandemic, we became even more dependent on screens and devices to function and stay connected. As we transition to the next "new normal," it is more important than ever that we are mindful of our screen time and intentional about how we spend our time, including prioritizing self-care and wellness. We will discuss wellness tips and strategies that can be implemented into our daily lives with ease. We also will discuss how our dependence on anything from screens to substances can impact our ability to uphold the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. At the end of the day, we all function better after a "hard reset," not just our devices. 

Friday, June 3, 2022 - Virtual Webcast

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

DUI Update
Ed Spreha

Join us for a discussion of the recent case law developments affecting driving under the influence in Pennsylvania. We will provide you with up-to-date information necessary to effectively represent your client’s charges with DUI and other related offenses. Learn about trends that are likely to affect your future cases.

Crimmigration: Representing the Non-Citizen Defendant
Wayne Sachs and Rosina Stambaugh

This session will help practitioners identify and respond to recurring issues which lie at the intersection of criminal and immigration law, including plea bargaining and sentencing advocacy strategies designed to avoid or mitigate immigration consequences.

Hidden Hazards: Addressing Prosecutorial Misconduct Claims in PA
Marissa Bluestine, Thomas Farrell and Ross Miller

This session will discuss the report that analyzes the varied allegations and findings of prosecutorial misconduct in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania – in addition to revealing a lack of transparency, challenges with access to information, and a lack of functional accountability mechanisms and deterrents throughout Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.

Rule 404(b) - The Most Problematic Issue in Capital Cases (capital case credit)
Jules Epstein

In criminal law, the admission and use of 'other acts' evidence is one of the most vexing and controverted, and one where Pennsylvania law has been evolving.  Pennsylvania and some national 404(b) jurisprudence will be reviewed and analyzed in this one hour session.

10:00 am - 10:10 am - Break

10:10 am - 11:10 am
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Medical Marijuana Update
Patrick Nightingale

Increased use and acceptance of drugs and alcohol have changed the nature of impaired driving and have added new challenges in this evolving area of the law. This session will discuss the complications of medical marijuana and criminal law.

Department of Corrections Update
Diana Woodside and other members of the Department TBA

It’s been another year packed full of changes at the Department of Corrections. An annual favorite,  the Department makes sure you know about the latest developments and how they impact your clients.  This is your chance to hear firsthand about what has transpired and what is on the horizon.

Annual Update on Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines
Mark Bergstrom and Ryan Meyers

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing published a working draft of sentencing guidelines proposals for public comment.  The proposals were developed following a comprehensive review of the guidelines that began in 2014 and suggest a restructuring of the guidelines to: provide more targeted sentence recommendations, redirect the primary focus of the recommendations on factors related to the conviction offense, and reduce the impact of the prior record score.  This update will address the feedback received during public hearings, and the next steps being considered by the Commission toward adoption of the 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines

Restorative Justice (capital case credit)
Jody Dodd, Kavita Goyal, Donna Jones and Troy Wilson

With the advent of over-policing, disproportionate arrest, convictions and sentencing in communities of color in this country, society has been struggling with how to deal with these issues. More and more communities have attempted to develop Restorative Justice initiatives in an effort to create a more just and equal playing field. Restorative Justice programs attempt to heal communities by resolving legal issues before they end up in the claws of the criminal justice system. This Restorative Justice initiative also assists communities in becoming empowered by allowing them to resolve and settle disputes pre-trial amongst themselves and oftentimes without court intervention. This program will discuss the history of alternative and non criminal resolutions in this country and how certain cities are implementing restorative justice models to deal with community based crime issues largely without formal court or police intervention.

11:10 am - 11:20 am  -   Break

11:20 am - 12:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Showtime: The Science of Storytelling through Persuasive Cross-Examination
Akin Adepoju

Litigation is high stakes verbal war, and the key to victory is helping the jury identify with your point of view. This session will provide practical tools to plan, prepare for, and execute a solid cross examination that tells a clear and persuasive story. Techniques for controlling the adverse witness, mastery of impeachment techniques and integrating the examination effectively into your case theory will be discussed. The strategies discussed will allow you to: 1) communicate a consistent theory which convinces all who listen; 2) weave the facts into a rational and relatable story; 3) turn your opponent’s witnesses into your own; 4) exploit inconsistencies and weaknesses in adversarial testimony; and finally, 5) control witnesses and insist that their answers be responsive to your questions – especially when those answers will harm the opposing party’s case. 

Offenses Under the Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA)
Lauren Wimmer

In Pennsylvania, the Uniform Firearms Act (Section 6101) deals with all matters pertaining to the use, transfer, sale, and maintenance of firearms. This session will discuss offenses under this Act.

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole – Recent Developments
David Crowley and Alan Robinson

We will provide insight into the state parole process, technical and criminal parole violations, sentencing issues for convicted parole violators, sentence calculation issues, and recent appellate court decisions involving the Board.

Implicit Bias (capital case credit)
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock

This session will focus on how implicit bias can influence judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers and jurors at various stages in the criminal litigation process.  We will discuss how our criminal justice system treats prisoners as inhumane and unworthy of dignity, and how that bias translates into sentencing decisions and prison conditions.

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm - Break

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Prohibition’s Surprising Role in the Regulation of Modern Police
Wesley Oliver

We tend to think of the Prohibition Era in terms that are almost comic.  The City of Chicago does Prohibition Gangster Tours, for instance.  But of course many of these now-colorful criminals were anything but cartoon characters in the 1920s -- and the laws banning alcohol profoundly reshaped American law in ways that we are just now coming to fully understand.  As fear of police violence has prompted reforms, almost exactly 100 years ago, concerns about searches for liquor led courts to exclude unlawfully obtained evidence to discourage unlawful searches.  And the use of the exclusionary rule to prevent police abuses reshaped the way courts regulated confessions.  This presentation will look at the surprising Prohibition Era origins of doctrines and search and seizure and interrogation law.

Domestic Violence Cases
Dana Richardson and Beth Tibbott

Pennsylvania has its own policies and procedures for handling domestic violence case. If a domestic violence victim comes to you for help, you will need to know those specifics to be the best possible advocate. This session will give you the tools you need to best serve your clients.

Drug Search & Seizure
Troy Wilson

Examine the recent and relevant cases related to narcotics court opinions from both this Commonwealth as well as from the Federal Court level. We will discuss the pertinent drug, search and seizure cases that may have a significant impact on your own narcotics’ criminal cases.

Expert Witnesses – The Law and the Art (capital case credit)
Jules Epstein

Presenting or opposing an expert witness involves knowledge of the law, an understanding of the strengths and limits of the expert's field and personal skills, and a focused use of direct and cross-examination skills.  All will be discussed in this one-hour session

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm - Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

Lessons Learned from Civil Litigation
Steve Patton

Civil litigators often use similar experts, say for DUI crashes, etc.  They also do a lot more than the average criminal defense lawyer or prosecutor in terms of working with experts.  And they think a lot about 403, harm to victims, causation, etc.  Finally, they do a ton of work with social media discovery, etc. This session will discuss what civil litigators have learned that may be applicable in a criminal case.

Appellate Advocacy
Judge Carolyn Nichols, Branden Albaugh, Joanna Kunz and Karl Myers

This panel will address appellate basics for practitioners who spend more of their time in trial courts.  It will discuss applicable procedures and best practices for preparing briefs.  The panelists will highlight key procedural rules and issues that often arise, focusing on Rule 1925 statements, waiver, the scope and standard of review, and similar issues.  And the panelists will discuss tips and tricks for presenting an effective oral argument.


Mental Health, Miranda, & Confessions: Evaluation Considerations
Clarence Watson

The presentation will cover the potential impact of mental health disorders on waiver of Miranda rights and the reliability of confessions. It will also cover the important issues related to mental health evaluations focusing on defendants' self-incriminating statements. There will be discussion on the selection of mental health experts and best practices for working with mental health experts in these matters.

Crime Scene Investigations (capital case credit)
Ralph Ristenbatt

Scientists, pseudoscientists, nonscientists, and enthusiasts — a chaperoned exploration of the present state of crime scene investigation and criminalistics. This presentation will revolve around the sciences and practitioners in, and absent from, these critically important areas within the criminal justice arena. Attention will be focused on the criminalistics tools used in event (crime scene) reconstruction including so-called bloodstain pattern analysis and others.

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm - Break

3:10 pm - 4:10 pm - Ethics

The View from Post Conviction: Tips for the Zealous Trial Advocate
Daniel Silverman

Criminal defense attorneys have an ethical duty to represent their clients zealously. In this one-hour interactive ethics session, we will examine a sampling of common mistakes made by trial lawyers, from the small to the big, that are borne more from a lack of zealousness than from inexperience. We will also address some of the ethical responsibilities trial advocates have after their clients have been convicted.

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 $80. 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.

ProPass does not apply to institute programs.


Practice Areas


Prof. Bruce A. Antkowiak Esq. Saint Vincent College
Mark H. Bergstrom Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
Laurie J. Besden Esq. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA
Jody Dodd Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Kelly Evans Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Steven F. Fairlie Esq. Fairlie & Lippy PC
Thomas J. Farrell Esq. Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Kavita Goyal Philadelphia Defenders Association
Hon. Robert A. Graci ret. Saxton & Stump, LLC (HBG)
Rev. Donna Jones
John J. Kerrigan Jr., Esq. John J. Kerrigan, Jr. Attorney At Law
Joanna Kunz Esq. Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Hon. Anthony M. Mariani Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Hon. Edward M. Marsico Jr. Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
Ryan Meyers Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
Ross M. Miller Esq. University of Pennsylvania Law School
Karl S. Myers Esq. Stevens & Lee (Phila)
Hon. Carolyn H. Nichols Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Patrick K. Nightingale Esq. Cannabis Legal Solutions
Prof. Wesley M. Oliver Duquesne University
Steven B. Patton Esq. McMonagle, Perri, McHugh, Mischak, Davis PC
Dana J. Richardson Esq. Tibbott & Richardson, PC
Ralph R. Ristenbatt III, MS Penn State University
Alan M. Robinson Esq. Pennsylvania Parole Board
David Rudovsky Esq. Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP
Wayne Sachs Esq. Sachs Law Group, LLC
Daniel Silverman Esq. Silverman & Associates PC
Edward F. Spreha Jr., Esq. Wagner & Spreha
Rosina C. Stambaugh Esq. The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh
Kevin R. Steele Esq. Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Christian Stephens
James Stover Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Stuart B. Suss Esq.
Beth M. Tibbott Esq. Tibbott & Richardson, PC
Clarence Watson JD, MD The University of Pennsylvania
Troy H. Wilson Esq. Wilson Law Office
Lauren A Wimmer Esq. Wimmer Criminal Defense Law
Diana Woodside Esq. Department of Corrections
Brian J. Zeiger Esq. Levin & Zeiger, LLP
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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