On-Demand Video

Project Objection 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-06-14 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-06-14 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
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$79.00 ["ProPass"]

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Because the educational process is fundamentally important to advancing diversity and eliminating bias, PBA, PBI, and the PA CLE Board partner in this project that recognizes the critical importance of diversity in the legal profession and justice system.

In this interactive program, participants will explore realistic workplace situations and contemplate the issues, viewpoints and ethical principles at play. The program utilizes animated vignettes, audience polling technology, and panel discussion as its educational design. 

Scenario 1: The Judge’s Statement

An uncomfortable situation in judicial chambers requires careful thought and some challenging decisions. Choices and consequences must be considered. What will you do?

Scenario 2: Challenge to the Partners

It is annual review time at the firm and one lawyer’s expectations of making partner are dashed. Are the reasons behind the decision acceptable? Is concern warranted?

Scenario 3: The Client’s Views

The beliefs of a large client create a dilemma for partners in a firm. Is it possible to meet the client’s needs and provide the best possible representation? What choices will you make?

Activity: There are several incoming associates to a firm, all with specific aspirations and backgrounds. Each new associate must be paired with a partner at the firm. Your role is Placement Consultant, and your success is based on the strength of your matchmaking decisions. You must review the qualifications and background of each associate and partner and use your judgment to compose your preferences for the pairings.

PBI thanks the PA CLE Board for letting us use their Program Objection program as the foundation for this program.

Co-sponsored with the PBA Government Lawyers’ Committee. PBA members save: Contact PBI’s customer experience team to receive a 25% discount for PBA members. Phone: 1-800-932-4637 or Email: info@pbi.org.

Course materials are not available for individual purchase.

Recorded in June 2023.


Trent Hargrove Esq.

Trent Hargrove has held positions in the public and private practice of law and served in some capacity for every Pennsylvania Governor and Attorney General between 1980 and 2010. He has practiced in the areas of utilities, real estate, administrative law, and civil rights.  The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) named Trent as its chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer in January of 2014. He has an extensive background in DEI issues, processes, and development. He is responsible for overseeing and facilitating the PBA’s efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the PBA and Pennsylvania’s legal profession. Trent served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first Chief Diversity Officer where he was charged with the management of a major new initiative to evaluate the Commonwealth’s diversity programs and implement best practices. Trent worked in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel in several positions and multiple agencies including serving as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. In this capacity, he was the chief legal advisor to the Secretary of General Services and other Department personnel. Trent also worked as a Chief Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights Enforcement in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and served on the United States Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Working Group for State and Local Law Enforcement Training.  He assisted the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission and conducted training for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Trent also chaired the Governor’ Alliance for Law Enforcement and Community Relations. Trent has also worked as in-house counsel and in a large firm environment where he concentrated in the areas of real estate, municipal and public land development and finance, administrative law, and retail leasing. Trent is a native of Harrisburg and attended Harrisburg public schools and the McDonogh School. He is a graduate of Bucknell University where he earned a Bachelor Arts degree and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor degree.

Rodney Akers Esq.

As the Managing Shareholder of RatnerPrestia’s Wilmington Office, Mr. Donnelly enjoys a well-rounded practice with significant experience in every facet of Intellectual Property law. From devising comprehensive and cost effective protection strategies, to

Jonathan Kunkel Esq.

Mr. Kunkel is an Attorney with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel and has been assigned to the Pennsylvania Office of Administration since June of 2018 and prior to that was assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for three years.  Mr. Kunkel, when he joined the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, was originally assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in the Employment Litigation Section where he served for eighteen years.  At Corrections and now at the Office of Administration, Mr. Kunkel regularly litigates employment cases before the State Civil Service Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  In addition, Mr. Kunkel currently litigates matters before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in addition to labor matters before arbitrators.  Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Mr. Kunkel served as the Harrisburg Law Clerk to Senior Judge Narick of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  He received his J.D. Degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A. Degree from New York University.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kunkel worked as a researcher in the Political Operations Unit for ABC News in New York City covering the 1988 Presidential Elections. Mr. Kunkel is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is currently the Vice Chair of the Government Lawyers Committee, is a Zone 3 delegate to the House of Delegates, is a council member of the Administrative Law Section and previously served as the Chair; is a council member of the Labor and Employment Law Section and since 2000, has been a scoring judge for the Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the PBA’s Young Lawyers’ Division.  Mr. Kunkel is also an active member of the Dauphin County Bar Association serving two terms as the Chair of the Government Law Section, three terms on the Board of Directors and in 2013, he became the association’s first openly gay President.  He has twice been the recipient of the Angelo Skarlatos Memorial Award presented by the DCBA’s Young Lawyers Section to a member of the organization who demonstrates strong support of and advocacy for young lawyers.  Mr. Kunkel is also a Master in the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court and served a two-year term as President and is a Master in the William Lipsitt American Inn of Court.  For ten years, he served as an Instructor for the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program for the Widener School of Law in Delaware and in 2012 he was a Judging Panelist for the Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track.  Mr. Kunkel has presented numerous CLE programs pertaining to Pennsylvania Administrative Employment Law for the Governors’ Office of General Counsel, the Dauphin County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  Mr. Kunkel served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley for six years and on the Board of Directors of Theatre Harrisburg for ten years where he also served as the Chairman of the Board.  In addition, Mr. Kunkel was a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the State Museum of Pennsylvania and served for four years as the President and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for his many years of volunteer service to the State Museum.

Beverly Rampaul Esq.

Ms. Rampaul is Assistant Counsel at DEP where she is a member of 2 DEP DEI Workgroup Committees and the Pennsylvania Employee Anti-Racism Book Club. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Public Defender Manager with the Lancaster County Office of the Public Defender for over 20 years where she handled a variety of major crimes such as homicides, including death penalty work. Currently, Ms. Rampaul is a Hearing Committee Member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary Board. Her active participation in the Pennsylvania Bar Association includes Bar Leadership Institute co-chair, council member of the Environmental and Energy Law Section, member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession, Minority Bar Committee, Civil and Equal Rights Committee, Civility in the Profession Committee, LGBTQ+ Rights Committee, Environmental and Energy Law Section Membership and Diversity Committee, Government Lawyers Committee, and Membership Development Committee. She is the immediate past Secretary of the PBA, where she served a 3-year term as an officer of the Association. She had previously served on the PBA Board of Governors as a Minority Governor. Ms. Rampaul served as chair for 2 years of the PBA Minority Bar Committee and chair of the DEI Team. Active in other associations of the organized bar, Ms. Rampaul is a past chair of the Lancaster Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and the Professionalism Section. She serves on a variety of American Bar Association committees and sections, including the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where she is a past chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Ms. Rampaul is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as the senior associate editor of the Dickinson Journal of International Law. She also is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and the National Judicial College’s ABA/ABOTA National Trial Academy.

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