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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.

2020 CLE & CJE Webinar Encore Presentations - Registration Now Open

Campaign Contributions & Judicial Recusal 

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This program will discuss the impact of campaign contributions on recusal requests, highlighting relevant judicial conduct rules, case law, and how lawyers should approach a recusal request when campaign contributions underlie the request.

Presenters: Judge Deborah A. Kunselman (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Retired Judge Patricia A. McInerney (JAMS), Dana Becker (Morgan Lewis)

Credit: 1 CLE & CJE ethics credit in PA, pending approval

Registration Fee: $99


PMC Ambassadors Program

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Be on the frontline as PMC informs Pennsylvanians about the judicial system and advocates for its reform. This program will train attorneys to lead our community programs, PMC Shares™ court workshops and PMC Watches™ volunteer court watching.

Presenters: Sarah Bouchard (Morgan Lewis), Jeremy Gunn (Shook, Hardy & Bacon), Rachel Horton (DLA Piper), Maida Milone (Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts), and Megan Watson (Berner, Klaw & Watson)

Credit: 2 substantive CLE credits in PA, pending approval

Registration Fee: $129


Defending a High Profile Defamation Case

Friday, July 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

During this program, our panelists will discuss their defense of Louis Freeh, whose internal investigation and report on sex abuse by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky prompted a defamation lawsuit by Dr. Graham Spanier, the University's former president.

Presenters: Robert Heim (Dechert LLP) and Catherine Wigglesworth (Dechert LLP)

Credit: 1 CLE Ethics credit in PA, pending approval

Registration Fee: $99


Pennsylvania's Judicial Recusal Law Compared with That of Other States

Friday, July 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

During this program, our presenters will describe the current state of Pennsylvania law on judicial recusal, review other states' judicial recusal substantive and procedural laws, and consider what the differences between other states and Pennsylvania tell us about the state of our recusal laws.

Presenters: Justice David N. Wecht (Pennsylvania Supreme Court), President Judge Jack A. Panella (Pennsylvania Superior Court), and Matthew Hogan (Morgan Lewis)

Credit: 1 ethics CLE and CJE credit in PA, pending approval

Registration Fee: $99


Past Ethics Offerings

  1. Pennsylvania's Judicial Recusal Law Compared With That of Other States | April 2020 (CLE & CJE)
  2. Campaign Contributions & Judicial Recusal | February 2020 (CLE & CJE)
  3. The Current State of Pennsylvania Law on Judicial Recusal | November 2019 (CLE & CJE)
  4. Defending a High-Profile Defamation Case: Spanier v. Freeh | April 2019 (CLE)
  5. The Kids for Cash Scandal: Impact & Lessons Learned 10 Years Later | November 2018 & January 2019 (CLE & CJE)
  6. The Cosby Trials: Ethical Considerations and Impact of the #MeToo Movement | July 2018 (CLE)