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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.

Criminal Investigations Course

Seminar Location: Allegheny County Police Training Academy

Lecturer and Program Coordinator: Det. Brian Kohlhepp, Ross Police
Instructors: Judge David Cashman, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas; Cmndr. Ron Freeman, Pittsburgh Police Homicide (ret.); Chief Dennis Logan, Pittsburgh Police Homicide (ret.), Chief of Detectives Allegheny County District Attorney's Office; Sr. Deputy Attorney General Laura Ditka, PA Attorney General's Office and former Deputy District Attorney, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office; Special Agent Gregg Frankhouser, FBI ? Pittsburgh; Asst. Chief Richard Ealing, Asst. Chief of Detectives Allegheny County District Attorney's Office; Michael Machen, Esquire, criminal defense attorney for 29 years; former Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County; Det. Dale Canofari, Pittsburgh Police Major Crimes, Homicide Squad; Dan Konieczka, Esquire, Former Deputy District Attorney, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office

The course in Criminal Investigations is available through California University of Pennsylvania's Professional Studies Department.

Topical Coverage includes:

  • Computer and High Tech Crimes
    • Cell and smartphones
      • Dealing with computers and digital evidence
  • Crimes against Persons
    • Sex assaults
      • rape
      • child sex assaults
      • special victims
      • victim advocates/SANE
  • Drug Crimes
    • Investigative techniques
    • Use of Informants
  • Death Investigations
    • Homicide
    • Natural Death
    • Medico-legal investigations
  • Forensics
    • Crime scene processing
    • Available resources
  • Interview and Interrogation
  • Search Warrants
    • Affidavit of Probable Cause
  • Trial Preparation
    • Trial
    • Testifying
    • Working with your DA
    • Working with defense attorneys
  • Media Relations

Insurance Litigation

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 2.5 Substantive / 0.5 Ethics - 3 Total

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Mike Fitzpatrick, Don Eodice, and Joseph Dimperio

This seminar covers tips in regards to dealing with insurance companies whether they are your own insurance company or the insurance company representing a third party defendant.

Protection of Victims Act and PFAs

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 2.0 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Susan Harper, Susan Ritz Harper, Attorney at Law

Do you know someone you believe may be the victim of intimidation? This seminar will discuss the recently enacted Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act

The Ethics Business

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 3.0 Ethics

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by Mark Yochum, Professor at Duquesne University

Legal ethics has grown as an area of concern for many practitioners and as a practice area itself.  This growth has been fueled by the influence of the A.B.A. Model Rules of Professional Conduct, changes in law school curriculum and licensing requirements, and mandatory continuing legal education.  This seminar explores the developments in malpractice litigation, discipline, firm structures, and fees.  This also reviews the ethics of CLE and the hope that more ethics education makes more ethical lawyers.

Workers Compensation

Seminar Credits: PACLE Approved: 2 Substantive

Seminar Location: California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Center

Presented by John Zatkos, Rothman Gordon, PC

This seminar will cover highlights of the Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Act, as well as terms to be familiar with such as medical review, independent medical examinations (IMEs), and the various necessary forms, petitions, and filings attorneys should be familiar with.