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Criminal Law Symposium 2024

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In Person - Both Days - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTThu., May. 30, 2024
8:30 AM
ENDFri., May. 31, 2024
4:50 PM
CLE 10 sub/2 eth PRICE Regular: $499.00
New Attorney: $250.00
In-Person - Day One - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTThu., May. 30, 2024
8:31 AM
ENDThu., May. 30, 2024
4:50 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
In-Person - Day Two - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTFri., May. 31, 2024
8:30 AM
ENDFri., May. 31, 2024
4:50 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00


Mark your calendars and prepare for a legal spectacle like no other! The Criminal Law Symposium, the most anticipated event of the year in the state, is back with a bang. Get ready to delve into the heart of justice, witness groundbreaking discussions, and connect with the brightest minds in criminal law.

Revel in the Return of Your Favorite Sessions!
Back by popular demand, all your favorite sessions are making a triumphant return at The Criminal Law Symposium:

Session Highlights:
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  1. Year in Review: A comprehensive overview of key legal developments.
  2. Search and Seizure Update: Stay informed on the latest in legal search and seizure practices.
  3. DUI Defense and Update: Navigate the evolving landscape of DUI laws and defense strategies.
  4. Drug Update: Explore the latest trends and challenges in the realm of criminal drug cases.
  5. Gun Update: Stay abreast of the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding firearms.
  6. Sentencing with Stuart Suss

Explore Exciting New Sessions:

  1. When Sex and Drugs Don't Mix: Uncover the legal intricacies when these realms intersect.
  2. Advocacy Skills - Persuasion is Everywhere: Hone your persuasive abilities in various legal contexts.
  3. The New Interpretation of the 2nd Amendment: Delve into the evolving understanding of this constitutional cornerstone.
  4. And Much More!: Be prepared for a lineup of captivating sessions that push the boundaries of legal knowledge.

Or embark on a tailored legal journey at The Criminal Law Symposium with our specialized tracks for each day:

Day 1: Common & Uncommon Substantive Defenses with Mary DeFusco
Dive deep into the intricate world of substantive defenses. Explore both the common strategies employed in legal battles and discover the uncharted territories of uncommon defenses that have shaped legal landscapes. 

Day 2: Capital Case Track 
Sponsored by PBA's Criminal Justice Section 
Embark on a specialized track dedicated to the complexities of capital cases. Delve into the unique challenges, legal nuances, and ethical considerations surrounding cases where the ultimate penalty is at stake.

Don't Forget Ethics! Amidst the excitement, we haven't overlooked the crucial element of ethical considerations. Engage in discussions that challenge your ethical compass and enhance your professional integrity.

Mark your calendar, secure your spot, and immerse yourself in a dynamic blend of timeless favorites and cutting-edge insights at The Criminal Law Symposium. It's not just an event; it's an exploration of legal excellence!

Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton is offering a group rate of $169 plus tax per room/night. This rate includes 2 guests, any additional guest would be $15 per person, per night. These rooms are available to be booked online or via an agent at 1-800-HILTON. Any guest calling to reserve should reference group code 94I to receive the group rate. This rate expires Wednesday, May 8, 2024. To book online use the link below. 

Criminal Law Symposium Reservation Link



PBA members now receive $50 off all in-person PBI CLE registrations. Please contact PBI’s Customer Experience team to register and redeem at info@pbi. org or 1-800-932-4637.

Practice Areas


Prof. Bruce A. Antkowiak Esq. Saint Vincent College
Gary N. Asteak Esq. Asteak Law Offices
Honorable Bruce R. Beemer Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Marian G. Braccia Esq. Temple University Beasley School of Law
Judge William R. Carpenter Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
Mr. Gaetano Anthony D'Andrea Esq. Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Mary Defusco Esq. Defender Association of Philadelphia
Sharon M. Dietrich Esq. Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (Center City)
Robert B. Dunham Esq. Phillips Black
Heidi F. Eakin Esq. Costopoulos Foster & Fields
Jules M. Epstein Esq. Temple University Beasley School of Law
Steven F. Fairlie Esq. Fairlie & Lippy PC
Thomas J. Farrell Esq. Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Ellen Freedman CLM Pennsylvania Bar Association
Mr. James Adam Funt Esq. Greenblatt Pierce Funt & Flores LLC
Brandon P. Ging Esq. Allegheny County Public Defender's Office
Joshua B. Goldberg Esq. Goldberg Legal Services LLC
Honorable Robert A. Graci (Ret.) Saxton & Stump, LLC (HBG)
Lance D. Greene Esq. Saxton & Stump LLC (Lanc)
Daniel Gwynn
Ryan H. James Esq. James Law, LLC
Joseph K. Kelly Esq. Joseph Kelly Law Offices
Mr. Joseph Patrick Lesniak Esq. Delaware County District Attorney's Office
Judge Edward M. Marsico Jr. Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
Ryan Meyers Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
James Moreno
Carson B. Morris Esq. Saxton & Stump LLC (Lanc)
Allison A. Muller PharmD Acri Muller Consulting
Prof. John T. Rago Duquesne University
David Rudovsky Esq. Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP
Daniel Silverman Law Offices of Daniel Silverman & Assocs., P.C.
Edward F. Spreha Jr., Esq. Wagner & Spreha
Matthew C. Stiegler Esq. Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Stuart Suss
Steven Anthony Tehovnik Allegheny County Public Defender's Office
Jonathan P. Vallano PhD University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Troy H. Wilson Esq. Wilson Law Office
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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