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Seminar Information

Available Seminars

The following list of seminars are being offered by the Institute 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.

Legal Issues in Child Abuse Cases and Mandated Reporting

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 3.0 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by: Brian Kohlhepp, Detective for Ross Township Police Department

This seminar will cover various aspects of child abuse cases, which includes physical as well as sexual assault.  Signs and indicators of child abuse as well as investigatory best practices will be discussed.  We will also cover forensic interviews completed by child psychologists and the role of CYF in the process. The latest law changes to child abuse cases, mandated reporter requirements, the process of filing a Childline report, and Megan's Law will be covered.  Last, we will complete a case study of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation, trial, and the subsequent fall out to include Penn State's civil law liability issues.

Lesson in Ethics-The Evil Deceased Lawyer Roy Cohn

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 3.0 Ethics

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Mark Yochum, Professor Duquesne University

The "evil lawyer" has been a trope, sadly coloring the profession for more than a thousand years.  Roy Cohn presents a spectacular example, in the documented history of his life and in the many dramatic representations of his life and crimes. This seminar will explore, in three parts, that history, both real and cultural, and how true evil in the practice is made manifest and how we, as a profession, sometimes fail to stop it.

Part I: Habitual Evil Practice.  Roy Cohn's practice life is replete with habitual practices that violated ethical principles:  incompetence; dilatory behavior; breach of confidences; corruption of the judiciary; and more.  (Not to mention crimes.)  How may one say this practice is replete with evil when clients are pleased with results?

Part II:  Roy and Ethel Rosenberg:  The Corruption of the Young Lawyer.  Cohn's participation, at the very inception of his career, in the treason trial of the Rosenbergs, as a prosecutor, was marked by ex parte communication, misconduct, and, perhaps, murder.  This audition in evil led to his work with McCarthy, prominence, influence and fame.

Part III: Disbarment.  In spite of a fairly public life of evil, Cohn was not disbarred until weeks before his death from AIDS in 1986.  We will explore generally his (and our) disbarment process.  In sum, what took so long?

Due to the nature of the subject matter and the habits of Roy Cohn, adult language will be used.

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of PA: And Its Impact on Act 13

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 1.0 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Cara Davis, J.D.

Zoning trends and how they are affecting Oil and Gas development in PA.

Statutory Pooling in PA and Trending Royalty Cases

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 1.0 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Brian Teslovich, J.D.

This presentation will address the Oil and Gas Conservation Law 58 P.S. 401-419, as well as the Oil and Gas Lease Act, ACT 66 of 2013 as well as the cases that have impacted these laws.