On-Demand Video

The Criminal Law Year in Review (2022 Criminal Law Symposium Session)

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  • Start Date:2022-06-01 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-06-01 20:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Criminal Law

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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.

Recorded at Day 1 of the Criminal Law Symposium in June 2022.


Anthony Mariani

Judge Mariani was
elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in November of 2005
and has served in its criminal division since January of 2006. In addition to
presiding over an individual calendar of criminal cases of all
classifications, he has been designated by the administrative judge of that
division to hear all ACT 33 cases. In ACT 33 cases, juveniles are charged in
adult criminal court with violent crimes, usually involving the use of
firearms. Under ACT 33, the juveniles may request that their cases be sent to
juvenile court for disposition, rather than proceed through the adult court
system. Judge Mariani graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of
Education (1977) and School of Law (1980) before serving in the Office of the
Public Defender of Allegheny County from November of 1980 until August of
1981. From September of 1981 until December of 1985, he worked as Assistant
United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Thereafter
Judge Mariani went into private practice, concentrating in criminal defense,
civil rights litigation and personal injury litigation. As a practicing
attorney, Judge Mariani was admitted to the United States Supreme Court
(April 1996), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (May
1995), the United States Tax Court (September 1986), the United States Court
of Appeals Third Circuit (October 1985), the United States District Court for
the Western District of Pennsylvania (December 1980), all Pennsylvania courts
(November, 1980). Judge Mariani was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee in 1990, serving two three-year
terms until 1996. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Pennsylvania’s first
Independent Counsel. From 2003-2004, Judge Mariani served on the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court Capital Case Standards Committee. Judge Mariani worked as the
legal analyst for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh from 1990 to 2004. Judge Mariani also
served as the chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Investigating Grand
Jury Task Force from July 2017 until November 2019. In December of 2020,
Judge Mariani was appointed Supervising Judge of the Forty-Sixth Statewide
Investigating Grand Jury. In March of 2021, Judge Mariani was appointed
Supervising Judge of the Forty-Eighth Statewide Investigating Grand

Edward Marsico Jr.

Judge Marsico was sworn in as a judge of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in January 2018. Previously, he was the longest serving District Attorney in Dauphin County history as he held that position from 2000-2018. He first joined the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office in 1988. As the District Attorney for Dauphin County, Judge Marsico implemented a Drug and Veterans Court, created the Dauphin County Crimewatch website, started the Child Abduction Response Team, and oversaw 30 attorneys, 12 detectives, and 22 support staff. Previously an Assistant District Attorney, he handled many homicide and drug prosecutions. Judge Marsico’s trial experience includes approximately 100 jury trials and countless appearances in non-jury proceedings. Judge Marsico served as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and received the Pa. District Attorneys Institute’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He also received the Linda K.M. Ludgate CJAB Excellence in Leadership Award as well as the Children’s Resource Center’s Children’s Hero Award. He is an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law and Harrisburg Area Community College. Judge Marsico received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. Judge Marsico is a member and past president of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg and is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and past president of that association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Bruce Antkowiak Esq.

Professor Antkowiak currently serves as counsel to the Archabbey and College, Professor of Law, Past Chair of the Department of Criminology, and pre-law advisor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In May 2011, Saint Vincent awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree and honored him as commencement speaker for the 2011 graduation ceremony. For nine years prior to coming to Saint Vincent, Professor Antkowiak was a full-time faculty member at Duquesne Law School, where he also advised the law school’s criminal law clinic and coached the law school’s national trial moot court teams. In 2007 and 2011, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the graduating class of the law school. In October 2007, he was named the Association of American Law Schools Teacher of the Year at Duquesne Law School. Professor Antkowiak served as Chairperson of the Committee for Proposed Standard Criminal Jury Instructions for 11 years, and has published 11 law review articles in various journals across the country. Professor Antkowiak graduated with high honors from the Harvard Law School in 1977. In 1974, he graduated first in his class from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which honored him with the Alumnus of Distinction Award in 2002. Over his more than four decades as a practicing lawyer, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a private practitioner concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense in state and federal courts. He has tried a multitude of cases, including homicides, white-collar crime, and narcotics-related offenses. His appellate work includes numerous appearances before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts.

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