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Continuing Legal & Judicial Education

CLE & CJE Ethics Courses

Each year, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts provides a series of Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Judicial Education courses. These programs usually focus on the ethical issues surrounding high profile cases in Pennsylvania. They are held as webinars so they can be accessed by attorneys and judges across the Commonwealth.

PMC in the Community CLE Training Programs

In addition to our ethics courses, we also provide CLE programs which provide the training necessary to serve as an ambassador within our outreach program, PMC in the Community.

2019 - 2020 Offerings

Campaign Contributions & Judicial Recusal - February 7, 2020

PMC and Morgan Lewis held this discussion on the impact of campaign contributions on recusal requests. Our presenters were Judge Deborah Kunselman of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Retired Judge Patricia McInerney of JAMS, and Dana Becker of Morgan Lewis. The program covered:

  • Judicial conduct rules, Pennsylvania's judicial disciplinary system, and relevant Pennsylvania case law
  • Recusal rules, press releases, and cases particular to campaign contributions
  • The impact of Citizens United, Republican Party of Minnesota v White, and Caperton in Pennsylvania given the election of judges
  • How lawyers should approach a recusal request when campaign contributions underlie the request

The Current State of Pennsylvania Law on Judicial Recusal - November 8, 2019

PMC and Morgan Lewis held this discussion on the timing and progression of motions for recusal through the trial court and on appeal, exploring the relevant sections of the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct and Pennsylvania case law. Our presenters were Judge Idee Fox of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Carolyn H. Nichols of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and Ryan P. McCarthy, Partner at Morgan Lewis.

 

Additional topics and dates of our 2019 - 2020 CLE and CJE offerings will be announced shortly.

Last Year's Ethics Offerings

  1. The Cosby Trials: Ethical Considerations and Impact of the #MeToo Movement | July 2018 (CLE)
  2. The Kids for Cash Scandal: Impact & Lessons Learned 10 Years Later | November 2018 & January 2019 (CLE & CJE)
  3. Defending a High-Profile Defamation Case: Spanier v. Freeh (CLE)