Available Online CLE Courses

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1:06:05
DUI Blood Post-Birchfield and Pennsylvania’s New Ignition Interlock Law
TOPICS • The current state of the Law as it applies to DUI blood cases, pending litigation and issues ripe for challenge. • Pennsylvania's New Ignition Interlock Law goes into effect in Augus... Read More »
TOPICS
• The current state of the Law as it applies to DUI blood cases, pending litigation and issues ripe for challenge.
• Pennsylvania's New Ignition Interlock Law goes into effect in August. What you and your clients need to know.

SPEAKERS:
Chad J. Vilushis, Esq - McCormick and Vilushis, LLC
Jeffrey D. Veitch, Esq. - Melaragno Placidi Parini & Veitch

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Categories: Criminal Law
3:16:36
Fundamentals of Understanding the Pennsylvania Inheritance and Estate Tax Act
PRESENTATION INCLUDES • Review of the 1919 and 1961 inheritance tax acts as they relate to potential clients in the year 2018.• Review of the 1982 inheritance tax act and potential problems ... Read More »
PRESENTATION INCLUDES

• Review of the 1919 and 1961 inheritance tax acts as they relate to potential clients in the year 2018.• Review of the 1982 inheritance tax act and potential problems for you and your client.• Explanation of definitions found under section 9102 of the current inheritance tax.• Discussion of transfers under section 9107 and 9108 of the current inheritance tax.• Discussion of historic and current Pennsylvania inheritance tax rates.• Discussion of assets that are exempt from Pennsylvania inheritance tax• Discussion of Notices issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Office of Chief Counsel as they relate to Pennsylvania inheritance tax.• Questions.

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Categories: Estates & Trusts
1:59:35
2019 Annual Criminal Law Update
Our knowledgeable speaker, Attorney Nicole D. Sloane, is an experienced trial attorney who focuses on criminal defense work. She has represented clients in numerous jury trials since 2006, includin... Read More »
Our knowledgeable speaker, Attorney Nicole D. Sloane, is an experienced trial attorney who focuses on criminal defense work. She has represented clients in numerous jury trials since 2006, including capital homicide cases, is a published author of articles on topics including correcting illegal sentences, and in 2017 was the recipient of The Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania's Gideon Award for indigent defense work.

Attorneys practicing in the criminal law area won't want to miss this much-anticipated annual update. Those attending will benefit from a comprehensive review of the latest case law developments as well as valuable materials.

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Categories: Criminal Law
1:11:00
Basic Workers’ Compensation Practice from Claim Petition to Decision and An Overview of Act 111, the Resuscitation of Impairment Ratings
Step-by-step, our panel will walk you through the claim litigation process from injury report to decision and appeal. The discussion will resemble a flowchart, detailing what options and timeframes... Read More »
Step-by-step, our panel will walk you through the claim litigation process from injury report to decision and appeal. The discussion will resemble a flowchart, detailing what options and timeframes you have at any point during a case. Our knowledgeable and experienced speakers will also field questions from the audience.

Moderator: John Draskovic, Esq., Workers' Compensation Section Chair, MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP

Featured Speakers:
Richard E. Bordonaro, Esq., Marnen, Mioduszewski, Bordonaro, Wagner & Sinnott, LLC
Donald F. Fessler, Jr., Esq., Marnen, Mioduszewski, Bordonaro, Wagner & Sinnott, LLC
Edwin W. Smith, Esq., Shapira, Hutzelman & Smith

Participating Bureau of Workers' Compensation Judges:
Judge Carmen F. Lugo and Judge Jean S. Wright

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Categories: Workers' Compensation
1:02:27
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Refresher
The new Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Form will be presented and explained in detail. This seminar is beneficial to consumer bankruptcy practitioners as well as those attorneys who represent creditors... Read More »
The new Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Form will be presented and explained in detail. This seminar is beneficial to consumer bankruptcy practitioners as well as those attorneys who represent creditors.

A confirmed Plan is binding on all parties. Attend this program to learn how to make sure your client's interests are adequately protected and how to appropriately classify each creditor in your client's case.

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Categories: Bankruptcy
2:58:39
Effective and Ethical Use of The Economist in Injury, Med Mal, Wrongful
If you practice in the areas of personal injury, employment law, wrongful death, or Workers' Compensation, attend this seminar and learn about the impact of disabilities on your clients' earning ca... Read More »
If you practice in the areas of personal injury, employment law, wrongful death, or Workers' Compensation, attend this seminar and learn about the impact of disabilities on your clients' earning capacities. 

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Categories: Civil LitigationEthics
1:06:36
Essential Information for Attorneys and Judges Regarding Disciplinary Board Matters
The Speakers Scott R. Eberle, Esquire Burns White, Pittsburgh, PA James R. Schadel, Esquire Burns White, Pittsburgh, PA The Program • Fee Agreements - requirements, use, effectiveness and m... Read More »
The Speakers
Scott R. Eberle, Esquire Burns White, Pittsburgh, PA
James R. Schadel, Esquire Burns White, Pittsburgh, PA

The Program
• Fee Agreements - requirements, use, effectiveness and malpractice avoidance tool
• Office of Disciplinary Counsel matters - procedures and what to do if you receive a DB-7
• Disciplinary Board - what to do if you end up there and strategy for response
• Q & A

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Categories: Ethics
1:14:40
Essential Information for Attorneys and Judges Regarding IOLTA
The Speakers Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich - Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, IOLTA Board Member Stephanie Libhart - IOLTA Executive Director, Harrisburg, PA The Program • What to do with... Read More »
The Speakers
Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich - Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, IOLTA Board Member
Stephanie Libhart - IOLTA Executive Director, Harrisburg, PA

The Program
• What to do with unclaimed funds in your IOLTA account (new Rule 1.15(v))
• Opening your IOLTA Account correctly with an approved bank
• Reporting your IOLTA Account correctly on your attorney registration form
• Selecting a Platinum Leader Bank
• Applying for an exemption

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Categories: Ethics
1:03:59
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Impaired Lawyers
As an esteemed and enthusiastic educator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Attorney Brian S. Quinn will discuss the various types of impairment resulting from substance use - both alcohol and drug... Read More »
As an esteemed and enthusiastic educator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Attorney Brian S. Quinn will discuss the various types of impairment resulting from substance use - both alcohol and drugs - as well as mental health issues such as depression, stress, and anxiety.

Very importantly, this seminar will concentrate on what members of the legal profession can and should be doing about impairment among fellow attorneys, rather than a continuation of the enabling behavior that is often the norm.

Intervention techniques will be discussed and Attorney Quinn will provide examples of what some typical calls to the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Helpline "look" like. He hopes to alleviate some of the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds picking up the phone to ask LCL for advice or help.

Ethical considerations and issues that may result from failure to seek help for oneself or a fellow attorney will be discussed also.

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Categories: Miscellaneous
1:01:11
Five Pillars of Effective Appellate Practice in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Attend this informal yet informative discussion presented by three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges. Judges Mary Jane Bowes, Jacqueline Shogan, and Victor Stabile have graciously offered their t... Read More »
Attend this informal yet informative discussion presented by three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges. Judges Mary Jane Bowes, Jacqueline Shogan, and Victor Stabile have graciously offered their time and expertise to present a one-hour seminar to help answer your questions about how best to present your case in the appellate courts. Written advocacy in your brief, as well as oral advocacy at argument, are important avenues of redress for your client—and they also help the Court to reach a just and timely resolution. Learn best practices as well as the "dos and don'ts" from three accomplished jurists whose experience spans thousands of cases and countless hours of argument.

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Categories: Civil Litigation
1:57:50
From Blight to Bright: Latest Developments in Blight and Land Banking
Speaker: Irene McLaughlin This two hour seminar provides ample opportunity for both new and experienced solicitors and their clients to catch up on recent developments in addressing and preventi... Read More »
Speaker: Irene McLaughlin

This two hour seminar provides ample opportunity for both new and experienced solicitors and their clients to catch up on recent developments in addressing and preventing blight and to explore the most important issues in depth.  Each participant will receive an electronic version of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania publication, Blight to Bright, A Comprehensive Toolkit for Pennsylvania.

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Categories: Real Estate
1:04:45
Fundamentals of Deed Drafting
The Deed is one of the oldest and most respected forms of legal documents, used as the means of conveying and taking title to real property. Although the contents and provisions of the standard Dee... Read More »
The Deed is one of the oldest and most respected forms of legal documents, used as the means of conveying and taking title to real property. Although the contents and provisions of the standard Deed have changed throughout the years, the basic form remains largely the same. In this one hour program, our speakers will discuss the different manners in which title may be held, the different types of estates in land, the requisite parts of a deed, and the requirements for effective and accurate drafting, delivery and recording of a Deed. They will also discuss fraudulent transfers and the process for setting aside a Deed.

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Categories: Real Estate
1:02:41
Gifting Real Estate? Learn the Pitfalls
Speakers: John C. Brydon, Esq. and Darlene M. Vlahos, Esq. As an attorney - regardless of your practice area - it's likely that you've had clients say to you, "I want my kids to have my house." ... Read More »
Speakers: John C. Brydon, Esq. and Darlene M. Vlahos, Esq.

As an attorney - regardless of your practice area - it's likely that you've had clients say to you, "I want my kids to have my house." Parents often mistakenly believe that transferring ownership of their home to their child will save taxes or avoid a lien for the cost of in-home or nursing home care. Reality, however, may be very different. Such a transfer is typically fraught with problems.

By attending this seminar you will learn both sides of the pitfalls that may exist, so you can advise your clients and enable them to make an educated and informed decision.

(Note: This seminar will NOT cover how to avoid a Medicaid lien.)

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Categories: Real Estate
50:23
How to Obtain a Minor Guardianship... and What You Should Know about the Impact on Custody and School Issues
Attend this practical, straight-forward seminar and sharpen your understanding of: • how to obtain guardianship of a minor • guardianship vs. a custody action? • the effect that a minor ... Read More »
Attend this practical, straight-forward seminar and sharpen your understanding of:

• how to obtain guardianship of a minor
• guardianship vs. a custody action?
• the effect that a minor guardianship has on FERPA for educational rights
• the effect on special education due process• the impact to HIPAA

Our Authoritative Speakers:
Mary Alfieri Richmond, Esq. - Heidt & Richmond
Colleen R. Stumpf, Esq. - Quinn Buseck Leemhuis Toohey & Kroto, Inc.
Amy E. Jones, Esq., Office of Children & Youth

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Categories: Family Law
1:01:41
Interbranch: Ethics in the Juvenile Courtroom
This is a free, information only seminar. There are no CLE credits offered. Read More »
This is a free, information only seminar. There are no CLE credits offered.

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Categories: Ethics
1:07:10
Municipal Claims: Turning Delinquencies into Opportunities
At a time where municipal and authority resources are stretched thin to provide high levels of service to constituents, public entities are well served in preserving and strategically pursuing thei... Read More »
At a time where municipal and authority resources are stretched thin to provide high levels of service to constituents, public entities are well served in preserving and strategically pursuing their municipal claims against those persons and parties who fail to pay their obligations.This presentation will focus on the laws and processes associated with municipal claim collection in Pennsylvania, the intersection with the Bankruptcy Code and role of municipal claims for blight remediation and redevelopment purposes.

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Categories: Real Estate
1:03:43
New Public Access Rules for Judicial Documents
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a new policy, the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System and Trial Court, limiting public access to judicial records. The goal is to ensure th... Read More »
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a new policy, the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System and Trial Court, limiting public access to judicial records. The goal is to ensure that personal and confidential information is not available to those who are not authorized to have it. The responsibility of making sure that all filings comply with the new policy is on the filer, not the particular court.

Presenters:
Honorable Renee' Cohn Jubelier, Judge, Commonwealth Court of PA
Honorable Lois E. Murphy, Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
Andrea B. Tuominen, Esquire, Assistant Court Administrator of PA
David S. Price, Esquire, Senior Legal Counsel, AOPC

 

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Categories: Miscellaneous
1:04:29
Nuts & Bolts of Pennsylvania’s Ignition Interlock Program
This one-hour session will be offered in a presentation format meant to educate viewers on the requirements of the Ignition Interlock program for Pennsylvania, as well as review the changes that oc... Read More »
This one-hour session will be offered in a presentation format meant to educate viewers on the requirements of the Ignition Interlock program for Pennsylvania, as well as review the changes that occurred when Act 33 went into effect on August 25, 2017 and discuss changes that occurred in October 2018.

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Categories: Criminal Law
1:30:03
Overview of the Child Protective Service Law
Speakers: Amy E. Jones, Esq., Senior Solicitor Erie County Office of Children and Youth Anthony G. Vendetti, Esq., Assistant Solicitor Erie County Office of Children and Youth This seminar wil... Read More »
Speakers:
Amy E. Jones, Esq., Senior Solicitor Erie County Office of Children and Youth
Anthony G. Vendetti, Esq., Assistant Solicitor Erie County Office of Children and Youth

This seminar will provide an overview to the recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law, including the changes in the definition of abuse, as well as who now qualifies as a perpetrator of abuse. We will discuss who qualifies as a mandated reporter and when and how they need to report suspected abuse.

Finally, with more abuse reports being indicated by the Agency, we will discuss the procedure for a child abuse expunction hearing.

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Categories: Family Law
1:05:58
Powers of Attorney - Review of Recent Cases (2014 to the present)
SPEAKER Thomas J. Minarcik, Esquire, Elderkin Law Firm Speaker will review eight recent Superior Court cases on the topic of financial Powers of Attorney. All of these cases were decided in the... Read More »
SPEAKER
Thomas J. Minarcik, Esquire, Elderkin Law Firm

Speaker will review eight recent Superior Court cases on the topic of financial Powers of Attorney. All of these cases were decided in the last 5 years. The case review will also include practice tips to help practitioners avoid the issues that were litigated.

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Categories: Estates & Trusts
1:34:31
Recognizing and Responding to Possible Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation
An attorney who is ignorant of elder investment fraud and financial exploitation (EIFFE) may unwittingly fail to protect their client from harm or participate in the client's victimization, resulti... Read More »
An attorney who is ignorant of elder investment fraud and financial exploitation (EIFFE) may unwittingly fail to protect their client from harm or participate in the client's victimization, resulting in possible disciplinary charges or liability for malpractice. EIFFE costs victims, families, businesses, and the government more than $36.48 Billion annually. Every attorney should understand, recognize and learn how to respond to possible fraud and abuse they may suspect or encounter.This program will help you spot potential financial fraud victims before they become victims, learn what to do when a family member – or you as their attorney – feels like "something is wrong." What resources are available to you and your clients?

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Categories: Estates & Trusts
1:36:36
Sealing Criminal Records Through the Clean Slate Law
Speaker: Sharon M. Dietrich, Esquire Litigation Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia The Program: Pennsylvania's innovative new Clean Slate law is the first in the nation to sea... Read More »
Speaker:
Sharon M. Dietrich, Esquire
Litigation Director, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

The Program:
Pennsylvania's innovative new Clean Slate law is the first in the nation to seal criminal cases by automation, starting June 28th. The law also expands the range of misdemeanors that can be sealed by petition. Learn:
• What cases qualify for automated sealing, and how that sealing will be done;
• When a petition still will be needed;
• Rules for limited access to sealed cases;
• How people with sealed and expunged cases can respond to questions about their records on applications;
• And more.

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Categories: Criminal Law
1:08:22
Sorting Out SORNA
Attendees will learn an overview of the statutory law and case law related to sex offender registration. This area of criminal law is in constant flux, and over seventeen thousand individuals are a... Read More »
Attendees will learn an overview of the statutory law and case law related to sex offender registration. This area of criminal law is in constant flux, and over seventeen thousand individuals are affected by changes to the law regarding sexual offender registration.

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Categories: Criminal Law
1:30:59
Strategic Approaches to Law School Loan Repayment
Presented by Jeffrey E. Hanson, Ph.D. of Jeffrey Hanson Education Services, Financial Literacy and Borrower Education Read More »
Presented by Jeffrey E. Hanson, Ph.D. of Jeffrey Hanson Education Services, Financial Literacy and Borrower Education

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Categories: Miscellaneous
1:18:25
Support Rules Update - 2019
On January 1, 2019, amended Pennsylvania Support Rules became effective. Watch this seminar and learn from our knowledgeable presenters who include a local family law practitioner and the Direct... Read More »
On January 1, 2019, amended Pennsylvania Support Rules became effective.

Watch this seminar and learn from our knowledgeable presenters who include a local family law practitioner and the Director of the Erie County Domestic Relations Office.

Accompanying the Director will be several of his Domestic Relations Office staff members who address support matters under these new Rules on a daily basis.

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Categories: Family Law
1:15:51
Tax Aspects of Family Law: The Basics
Join our authoritative panel of presenters as they offer an overview of issues that frequently arise in family law cases, with an emphasis on the recent changes to the tax laws. The Speakers: J... Read More »
Join our authoritative panel of presenters as they offer an overview of issues that frequently arise in family law cases, with an emphasis on the recent changes to the tax laws.

The Speakers:
Joseph P. Martone, Esquire • Moderator / Course Planner • Martone & Peasley • Erie, PA
Brian C. Vertz, Esquire • Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz, LLC • Pittsburgh, PA
James H. Richardson, Esquire • Elderkin Law Firm • Erie, PA
Heather J. Baranowski, CPA/ABV/CFF, MST, CVA • BDO Consulting • Pittsburgh, PA

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Categories: Family Law
1:22:28
The Hiring and Firing of Employees: Best Practices for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner
Legal Aspects of the Hiring Process Presented by Mark T. Wassell, Esquire - Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. The legal do's and don'ts of the hiring process will be examined. The focus w... Read More »
Legal Aspects of the Hiring Process
Presented by Mark T. Wassell, Esquire - Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

The legal do's and don'ts of the hiring process will be examined. The focus will be on the use of employment applications, interviews, and background checks to determine the best candidate for the job. Permissible questions to ask the applicant and the proper means to learn of his/her work history will be reviewed.

Employee Accountability:  Disciplining and Discharging Employees
Presented by Daniel M. Miller, Esquire - MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP

Gain a better understanding of the at-will employment doctrine, its status and the many exceptions to it.  Additional discussion will include corrective action with fairness, consistency and compliance with federal, state and local laws.

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Categories: Business & Commercial Law
1:03:31
The Impaired Lawyer – A Call for Action
Recent studies have shown a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction, and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearl... Read More »
Recent studies have shown a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction, and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

The Speaker: Brian S. Quinn, Esq.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Pennsylvania, Inc.

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Categories: Ethics
58:33
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board - Applications, Licensing, Investigation, and Legislation
This seminar will cover several matters of interest to attorneys including: • The PLCB Application Process • PLCB licensing for individuals and business • The PLCB Investigation Process•... Read More »
This seminar will cover several matters of interest to attorneys including:
• The PLCB Application Process
• PLCB licensing for individuals and business
• The PLCB Investigation Process• Recent legislative changes to the Pennsylvania liquor code
• Q & A session

The Speaker, Michael A. Crochunis, is a licensing analyst supervisor for the western regional offices of the PA Liquor Control Board's Bureau of Licensing Investigations. Mr. Crochunis received his B.S. in Business Administration from Westminster College in 2003 and his M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College in 2005. Mr. Crochunis worked for a short time in the mortgage industry before accepting a position as a licensing analyst with the Board. Mr. Crochunis has been employed with the Board for 14 years amassing extensive experience with the licensing process along the way.

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Categories: Miscellaneous
1:10:11
The Slants - Taking Their Trademark & First Amendment Rights Case to the U.S. Supreme Court
Background: The Slants are an Asian-American rock band. The group's frontman, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prevented the band from registering its name and ... Read More »
Background: The Slants are an Asian-American rock band. The group's frontman, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prevented the band from registering its name and rejected an appeal based on the Lanham Act. This Act prohibits any trademark that could "disparage… or bring… into contemp(t) or disrepute" any "persons, living or dead."

After a Federal Court agreed with Tam and his band, the Patent and Trademark Office appealed to the United States Supreme Court to avoid being compelled to register The Slants name as a trademark. In June of this year, the Supreme Court sided with The Slants.

Attorney Jonathan D'Silva adds "What is interesting about this case is the activism, art, and First Amendment issues surrounding it. The Slants didn't have to fight the issue; they are NOT required to register their trademark to have a trademark. The question for them was why does the government have any right to state that a particular viewpoint crosses an arbitrary and subjective threshold of propriety that makes them unable to grant a status when they have already done so in other contexts?"

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Categories: Business & Commercial Law
59:57
The Trouble with Trust Accounts: A step-by-step guide for cleaning up your IOLTA
Featured Speaker: Tamara S. Philabaum, BSIE, MBA Read More »
Featured Speaker: Tamara S. Philabaum, BSIE, MBA

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Categories: Ethics
3:59:28
Understanding and Navigating Medicare
Bill McKendree is a respected and popular speaker on the subject of Medicare for the ECBA. He is the Director of the APPRISE program in Allegheny County. APPRISE is Pennsylvania's State Health Insu... Read More »
Bill McKendree is a respected and popular speaker on the subject of Medicare for the ECBA. He is the Director of the APPRISE program in Allegheny County. APPRISE is Pennsylvania's State Health Insurance Assistance Program, helping consumers with Medicare, Medicaid, long term care and health insurance concerns.

Mr. McKendree also teaches courses on Medicare, Health Insurance Law and Health Care Policy at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law and the School of Pharmacy.

Prior to his position with APPRISE, Mr. McKendree was Director of the Western Pennsylvania Center for Aging Services and was a member of the Pittsburgh law firm of Gabriel and Associates. Mr. McKendree has a J.D. degree from Duquesne University's School of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Categories: Estates & Trusts
1:04:42
What you need to know about the differences between Social Security (SS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Our speaker, John Johnston, is a respected resource in Erie's Social Security Office. At this program, he will discuss the differences between SS and SSI benefits including how to apply for each, b... Read More »
Our speaker, John Johnston, is a respected resource in Erie's Social Security Office. At this program, he will discuss the differences between SS and SSI benefits including how to apply for each, best practices, what resources are available to you when representing clients or for your own personal information… and more.

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Categories: Miscellaneous