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Seminar Information

Available Seminars

The following list of seminars are being offered by the Center for Law and Public Policy. To read more information about the courses below, click the seminar title to expand the corresponding tab. You may register online to attend.

Basic Crime Scene Investigation Course

Seminar Location: Allegheny County Police Training Academy

The certification course in Applied Forensic Sciences, available through California University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Law and Public Policy, is also approved training by Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification.  The 5-day learning experience includes instruction from many of the area's best instructors and will unfold as follows:

Introduction

  • Approaching the Crime Scene
  • Overall Crime Scene Planning and Strategy
  • Trace Evidence
  • Impression Evidence

Latent Prints

  • Detection, Documentation, and Collection of Latent Prints
  • Fingerprints and Palm Prints
  • Scene and Lab Processing
  • Cyanoacrylate Fuming
  • Use of powder/other techniques

Forensic Photography

  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Forensic Photography
  • Legal Aspects
  • Digital versus Film
  • Digital Imaging (Enhancement)

DNA

  • Detection, Documentation, and  Collection of DNA Evidence

Fresh Ethics: Recent Amendments to the PA Rules of Professional Conduct

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 1.0 Ethic

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Professor Mark D. Yochum, Duquesne University School of Law

This seminar will explore the Supreme Court's efforts to reflect, in our lawyer rules, the changes in "21st Century technology."  The matters affected include outsourcing, law firm acquisitions, confidentiality, conflicts checks, solicitation of clients and more.  We will see how now and always competent lawyers must, in the words of the amendments, stay "abreast of... the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology."

Fresh Ethics: The New PA Code of Judicial Conduct and its Impact on Lawyer's Ethics

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 1.0 Ethic

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Professor Mark D. Yochum, Duquesne University School of Law

Beginning in 2014, Pennsylvania's new Code of Judicial Conduct represents a massive overhaul of PA Canons that had been substantively untouched for a generation.  This seminar will review the new Code, which follows closely the influential A.B.A. Model Code, but also contains a number of provisions unique to the Quaker State.  Special review will be made of those provisions affecting lawyer practice, notably issues of ex parte communications and recusal.  Participation by lawyers in judicial campaigns (and how those campaigns now work) will be explored.  What you do not know about judicial ethics can hurt you.

Marcellus Shale: Changes to Act 13 and the Results of the Recent PA Supreme Court Decision

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 3.0 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Moderated by Raymond Schmaus, President, Armstrong Search Associates
Presenters include: Gary L. Sweat, Sweat Law Offices.

This seminar will update the attorney on the changes to Act 13 in light of the PA Supreme Court's recent decision.  The seminar will begin with a review of the affected sections of Act 13.  We will conclude with a review of the discussion of the effects of the changes on municipalities and their zoning and planning authority.

The Serving Lawyer

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 1.0 Ethic

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Mary Bates, Chief Legal Officer, Washington City Mission & Attorney David Rundquist

Are you a Serving Lawyer? Do you follow through voluntarily on pro bono service?  Do you know and understand your Pro Bono obligations under the PA Rules of Professional Conduct? As founder of the nationally recognized and award winning Legal Clinic (TLC) at the City Mission in the City of Washington, PA, Attorney, Mary Bates knows first-hand the importance and the difference that pro bono legal work can bring to change a person's life and aid them in moving on to responsible-independent living. On a daily basis, she interacts with the homeless of Washington County and strives to aid them in overcoming the legal barriers that keep them homeless -- and you can too! Take Attorney David Rundquist, for example -- Washington County, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2012 -- Attorney Rundquist also strives to dedicate a portion of his practice to being a Serving Lawyer by serving at The Legal Clinic of the City Mission.

As a Board member of the Washington County Bar Association and Chairperson of their Pro Bono Committee, Attorney Bates is constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to motivate her colleagues to give back. With many initiatives underway like Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Awards, Thanks a Latte breakfast, "Law Suits Wanted" Clothing Drive, and Pro Bono Law Day at the City Mission, she is well on her way. However, there is always the thought that she can do more. Pro Bono Publico Service isn't just important, it is necessary to aid us in moving from the successful practice of law -- to the significant practice of law.

Join Attorney's Bates and Rundquist as they explore PA Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 and your desire to be a Serving Lawyer.


Seminar Locations

Seminars currently offered are being held at the following locations:

Allegheny County Police Training Academy
700 West Ridge Drive (North Park), Allison Park, PA 15101

California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center
135 Technology Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317